January 5, 2017
We are in for a huge treat later tonight as the IIHF World Junior Championship’s gold medal game will be between Team USA and Canada. The Americans will head into the tournament final as the only undefeated team left after a thrilling shootout win over Russia on Wednesday afternoon.
The IIHF’s shootout rules differ from those of the National Hockey League, as it is a five-round shootout and if it goes past the fifth-round, a team can use a repeat shooter as often as the head coach chooses. Team USA did not score until the fourth-round when Troy Terry found success through the five-hole.
After Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Jeremy Bracco forced “extra innings” with his goal in the fifth-round, Terry would score two more goals to send the United States to tonight’s gold medal game.
Terry, a 2015 fifth-round draft of the Anaheim Ducks, put himself into international shootout lore with his performance.
Of course, everyone remembers T.J. Oshie’s epic shootout performance knocking off Russia at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi with four goals in six attempts.
There was also Jonathan Toews’ performance in Canada’s semi-final win over the Team USA at the 2007 World Junior Championship where he scored on all three of his attempts. This shootout is so fun to watch as it features so many future NHL stars! It is also amazing how small the crowd was for this game.