And on 12 Day the hockey gods gave us the perfect end to the IIHF World Junior Championship 2021 – Canada versus the United States with a gold medal on the line

“That day has been on all of our calendars since we arrived,” said Alex Newhook of Newfoundland after his 59-second goal was the eventual winner against Russia in the semifinals. “To be here at last and see that the work is done that we’ve afforded up to this point has been worth it. It’s exciting “

Canada has overwhelmed the competition with steam up to this point: The team has only scored four goals in 124 shots in the first six games – all in power play.Three shutouts were scored, the last two being in the quarter-finals (3: 0 vs. Czechs) and semi-finals (5-0 vs. Russia) Netminder Devon Levi was on fire with a tiny 0 (reminder: the Quebec goalkeeper wasn’t even invited to summer camp) 53 goals – against the average and almost perfectly save 975 percent

Levi is also the second Canadian goalkeeper in tournament history to record three shutouts, along with Justin Pogge, who did so in 2006.But he has other things on his mind

“I’m not playing for a shutout record, I’m playing for a gold medal,” Levi said after stopping all 28 Russian shots. “It might be something to watch after the tournament, but the work is still on not done “

The team’s offensive has also shot at all the cylinders they have not only allowed the fewest goals in the tournament, but also the most (41), with each skater scoring at least one point, but as head coach Andre Tourigny said Tuesday afternoon and Phil Jackson quoted: “Means nothing without the ring”

And it won’t be easy.While hockey experts call this group one of Canada’s best in the history of the world’s juniors, the boys from the north are now facing the toughest test of the entire tournament in their southern neighbors

Since losing the Lid-Lifter to Russia on Christmas Day 5-3, the Americans have won five tears in a row and only scored five goals Dustin Wolf (one) and Spencer Knight from Netminder recorded two consecutive failures, with the knockout series of Team USA in the quarters against Slovakia with a junior world record of 218: 53, Knight and Dustin Wolf also connected with a goalkeeper in the net for 245: 07 of the shutout time

The United States also has a strong offensive that has scored 34 goals (second best after Canada) and a tournament best 4286 percent efficiency in power play Head coach Nate Leaman loves to roll his top 3 lines, led by the trio Incidentally, Trevor Zegras, Arthur Kaliyev and Alex Turcotte Zegras (six goals, ten assists) rose in the junior world record books of the USA Hockey and went into the game with the Canadian Dylan Cozens (eight goals, eight assists) – the same applies to Hockey Canada the scoring title

The two standout netminders Levi and Knight, who won’t just compete against each other tonight, will do so this season in Hockey East and are both panther prospects Newhook and American Matthew Boldy are roommates at Boston College and Wisconsin’s Dylan Holloway and Cole Caufield will be at different ends of the rink, the 2021 edition is also the fifth time the two countries face each other in the ultimate game The US wins three of the last four – out of four

“I remember watching with my dad both times and we were pretty pumped up,” said Alex Turcotte on Monday night when asked if he’d seen 2010 and 2017, “These are legendary moments in this tournament for US hockey It was great to see and play the Canada-USA gold medal game in this tournament”It’s a dream come true and we’ll make the most of it”

A gold medal game is nothing new for Canada In fact, this year’s team has six returnees – and Tourigny – aiming for consecutive gold medals

“The last seconds counted down and the clock hit the buzzer and the final relief to win the gold medal,” recalled Dawson Mercer of last year’s gold medal win against Russia. “The celebration with the boys is the best we have all fought together and when you sing your hymn on the blue line and get the gold medal around your neck it’s all memories that will never go away so I’m very much looking forward to making that happen again “

Both teams have been through a lot: bubbles and quarantine zoom calls, daily COVID-19 tests and boring meals Both teams talk about how close their team has become Both teams are keeping an eye on the price

It all comes down to: Canada vs United States Only One Can Be Golden In The End Who Will It Be? We’ll find out soon, so Pitter-Patter, let’s get started

11:01 pm – The period comes to an end Canada with 19 shots now through two but still goalless

10:58 pm – Spencer Knight is on point tonight and Canadians are frustrated when Connor Zary slams the stick on the bench

10:52 pm – Canada on right but Spencer Knight saves again. Americans weather the storm as Canada gains momentum

10:50 pm – Canada is now trying to build something 5v5 while floating around the net but can’t score

10:44 pm – USA tries to break 2-on-1 but Jakob Pelletier hooks the Kaliyev to slow him down and is called on to the hook First power game for the Americans and they have the best in the tournament

10:31 pm – TOR Seconds later Levi loses track of the puck when he hits the back bar when he walks behind the net and jumps out to Trevor Zegras, who puts him in. USA leads 2-0

10:06 pm – Bobby Brink receives an offensive zone penalty Canada will have a chance to tie but the power play hasn’t been great Canada has only one power play goal in their last three games

10:01 pm – Canada’s top line is pinned to the American top line at its own end

9:58 pm – The United States Goal is the first uniform strength goal Canada has allowed throughout the tournament.It is also the first time the Canadians have been lagging behind in the tournament

9:57 pm – TOR After long and sustained pressure in the offensive zone, it’s Alex Turcott with a great forward from Drew Helleson USA leading 1-0

9:53 pm – Americans now have zone pressure Ends with the climax of Cam York struck by Levi’s glove

9:50 pm – Good defense by the United States as Dylan Cozens flies down the left flank Then another good defensive game from the Americans in the high slot shots at the moment are 5-2 in favor of Canada

9:47 pm – Right now the team in Canada is very different as they don’t get much into the middle US head coach Nate Leaman loves to keep the shots on the edge and so far the majority have been out

9:42 pm – USA with a little pressure, but Sanderson with sales to end it

9:41 pm – Canada is buzzing around in the US net, but nothing works – even if Spencer Knight has lost his stick

9pm – Trevor Zegras on the NHL network: “I honestly don’t think this goalkeeper has been tested 5v5” Then I added: I honestly don’t believe they have been tested with a real team yet , and I think we’re driving on all cylinders right now “

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