U.S. National Junior Team Wins Gold Medal at 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship
U.S. Goaltender John Gibson Named Tournament MVP
UFA, Russia – The U.S. National Junior Team defeated Sweden, 3-1, here tonight to capture the gold medal at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship at the Ufa Arena. It is the third time in four years the United States has earned a medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship, two of those gold.
The teams combined for 18 shots on goal in the opening period, including 11 by the U.S., but neither could find the back of the net.
The second stanza included three of the four goals in the game. Sweden scored what proved to be their only goal of the contest at 1:09 on the power play. Just more than six minutes later, Team USA pulled even. Patrick Sieloff (Ann Arbor, Mich./Windsor Spitfires) fed Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif./Univ. of North Dakota) standing beneath the goal line. Grimaldi skated out into the left circle, spun around and fired the puck on net from a difficult angle. It squeezed in between Niklas Lundstrom's right arm and the right post for the goal. Grimaldi struck again at 10:27 to give the U.S. the lead for good. Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich./Univ. of Michigan), who earned the directorate award as the tournament's best defenseman, launched a long wrist shot that deflected off Grimaldi and into the back of the net.
The final frame included good scoring chances for both teams. U.S. netminder John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Kitchener Rangers), who was named the tournament's most valuable player, had eight saves in the third period, including a sensational stop on Viktor Arvidsson's wrap-around attempt five minutes into the stanza and an impressive save from the side of the left circle off Sebastian Collberg's stick with just less than six minutes to play. With 16 seconds remaining, Vince Trocheck (Pittsburgh, Pa./Saginaw Spirit) put the puck into an empty net goal, after an up-ice feed from J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio/Connecticut Whale), to secure the gold medal for Team USA.
Gibson, who finished the tournament with a 1.36 goals against average and .955 saves percentage, stopped 26 shots for the U.S. in the win, while Lundstrom turned aside 31 shots for Sweden.
First Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: SWE, Boyce Rotevall (interference), 4:43; SWE, Arvidsson (high- sticking), 6:08; USA, Gaudreau (hooking), 13:32; USA, Bardreau (goaltender interference), 19:33.
Second Period – Scoring: 1, SWE, Sandburg (Rakell), 1:09 (pp); 2, USA, Grimaldi (Sieloff, Trocheck), 7:42; 3, USA, Grimaldi (Trouba), 10:27. Penalties: SWE, Arnesson (roughing), 3:38; USA, Trocheck (roughing), 3:38; SWE, de la Rose (hooking), 13:40.
Third Period – Scoring: 4, USA, Trocheck (Miller), 19:44 (eng). Penalties: USA, Grimaldi (tripping), 6:07.
Power Play: SWE, 1-3; USA, 0-3
Penalties: SWE, 4-8; USA, 4-8