January 5, 2013

US wins gold at junior ice hockey worlds

The Associated Press

 

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Team USA celebrates in the final seconds of the game after defeating Sweden 3-1 in the gold-medal game at the IIHF World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia on Saturday.

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Rocco Grimaldi, top, celebrates his second goal against Sweden with teammates, from left, Jacob Trouba, Shayne Gostisbehere and Vince Trocheck during the second period Saturday in the gold-medal game at the IIHF World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia. The U.S. won, 3-1.

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UFA, Russia  — The United States won the junior ice hockey championships on Saturday after Rocco Grimaldi scored twice and Vince Trocheck added an empty-net goal for a 3-1 win over Sweden in the final.

Filip Sandberg put defending champion Sweden ahead on a power play early in the second period, but Grimaldi then scored twice in a three-minute span to swing the game in the Americans' favor.

He powered from behind the net to score, and then redirected Jacob Trouba's slap shot from the blue line midway through second period.

Sweden pulled its goalie for an extra player with 1:42 left but failed to capitalize. Instead, Trocheck rounded off the win with 16.7 seconds left.

John Gibson made 26 saves for the victory and was named the MVP of the tournament. Niklas Lundstrom had 31 saves for Sweden.

It was the third title for the Americans, who also won in 2004 and 2010.

Earlier, Valeri Nichushkin scored an overtime winner to give Russia a 6-5 victory over Canada in the bronze-medal match.

 

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