US stuns Canada to win World Junior Championship

The United States defeated unbeaten favorite Canada 2-0 in Edmonton, Alberta on Tuesday to win its first World Junior Hockey championship since 2017.

The U.S. lost its tournament opener 5-3 to Russia before going on a run that saw them outscore the rest of their opponents 36-10.

Canada had been looking unbeatable, marching through the tournament and outscoring their opponents 41-4 heading into the final.

American goalie, Boston College student and Florida Panthers prospect, Spencer Knight, stopped all 34 shots he faced in the final for his third shutout of the tournament.

With strong forechecking in the first period, the U.S. outshot Canada 13-9 and opened the scoring at 13:25 when Matthew Turcotte deflected a Drew Helleson shot over the top of Canadian goalie Devon Levi’s glove to give the American’s the early lead.

The United States second goal came early in the second period when Trevor Zegras picked up a loose puck and backhanded it into the net.

β€œI think we surprised them in the first two periods with how well we played below their hash marks,” said Zegras, who had a goal and an assist in the game.

Zegras, who remains one of the most decorated juniors in the history of U.S. hockey, was named tournament MVP. He led all players with 18 points, the second-highest total by an American player in tournament history.

In the bronze medal game, Finland defeated Russia 4-3. It is only the second time in 11 tournaments that Russia did not medal.

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