With the stage set Team Canada and Team USA faced off for the gold medal in the 2009-2010 World Juniors Hockey Championship. With the home team slightly favored to win, it appeared to be an uphill battle stopping Canada’s gold medal run.
When the tournament first kicked off, many were not sure what to expect from the Team Usa while most projected the Canadians a lock for the gold medal game. The scoring went as follows:
Canada 1 – USA 0
USA 1 – Canada 1
USA 2 – Canada 2
USA 3 – Canada 2
Canada 3 – USA 3
With the score knotted at three, starter Mike Lee pulled in favor of 17-year-old 2010 draftee Jack Campbell. The latter posted a 1-1 record with a 2.40 GAA and a .912 SV% with 1 SO in the tournament. Lee just let in 3 goals on 7 shots.
Campbell immediately answered the call, fighting off Team Canada’s advances. After a scruff behind the US net, Canadian forward Jordan Caron took a penalty for Canada putting USA on the powerplay.
Canada kills the penalty and the play returns to back to five-on-five. After yet another quick rush by the Canadians but Campbell answers with a stop and a cover.
The United States took their first penalty, a tripping call to Brian Lashoff, but it was Canada that needed to watch out on the PP as the USA were able to score two short handed goals prior to the medal round beginning. Campbell answering big, along with some fine defensive work in front of the net during the Canada PP. USA and Campbell kill the PP and keep it 3-3 midway through the game.
USA has some minor pressure in Canada’s zone.
Period quieted down a bit with some sloppy play and a bit of the USA playing serviceably in the defensive zone. A few blocked shots, a few shots forced wide Ryan Ellis threw a huge hit on Ryan Bourque to wake the crowd up. A great play by Marco Scandella, sliding to block a shot from the slot by one of the American players, kept the game tied with under 30 seconds left in the second
At this point the third period looks like it will be one of the most exciting periods in hockey in a long time.
Campbell saves the day (with a goal post) early in the 3rd period on a Canada PP. The Americans played better after the goalie change, and Campbell did all he could to keep the game 3-3 upon his entering the game. Jerry D’amigo and Derek Stepan score in the 3rd, a hat trick for D’amigo and WJHC lead in points for the USA captain Stepan.
Campbell stopped Taylor Hall with under seven minutes, and then a bad giveaway around the six minute mark followed by a nice save on Nazem Kadri.
The game looked like it belonged to the USA, until Jordan Eberle single-handedly tied the game sending the game into extra innings. From begining to end just a thriller and one of the best hockey games I have ever witnessed.
Campbell can not be blamed for anything during the collapse of the Americans. He simply stood on his head all game. Despite the meltdown, Washington Capitals John Carlson put the final tally in a sudden death overtime giving Team USA a much needed win.
“I was skating down the wing, I looked up and decided to shoot, and I don’t know what happened…..it was unbelievable,” said Carlson. Truly unbelievable, indeed John.
USA – Gold Medal
USA 6 CANADA 5 F/OT
NHLHS Senior Writer