World Jr. Hockey Championships: Mission Accomplished for Canada

Francois GendronSenior Writer IJanuary 6, 2008

Canada and Sweden met in the gold medal game at the World Junior Hockey Championships on Saturday.

Canada ultimately avenged its 4-3 loss to Sweden in the group phase of the tournament to take home the title with a 3-2 overtime win.

Brad Marchand put Canada up 1-0 just 1:27 into the game, then helped Claude Giroux add a second goal before the first period was over.

In the second period, Canada protected the 2-0 lead, with Canadian goaltender Steve Mason holding Sweden scoreless.

The Swedes attacked more systematically in the third period. After Jonathan Carlsson finally got Sweden on the board, Tomas Larsson pushed a loose puck into the Canadian net with under a minute to go to send the game to overtime.

Matthew Halischuk scored the game-winning goal for Canada 3:36 into the overtime period, giving Canada a fourth-consecutive gold medal.

Congratulations to the winners.

2008 Podium

Gold Medal: Canada

Silver Medal: Sweden

Bronze Medal: Russia


(Picture: The Canadian Team, Canadian Press)