Junior Hockey: Canada wins gold medal thanks to a victory of 3-1

Photo: Frank Gunn, The canadian Press
This triumph has allowed Canada to avenge its defeat suffered in a shootout at the hands of the United States, in the last year.

Buffalo — Tyler Steenbergen has broken the tie at the end of the third period and Canada won the gold medal at the world Championship of junior hockey thanks to a victory of 3-1 against Sweden on Friday night.


While it was only 1 min 40 s to pass to the third commitment, Steenbergen has chosen the right time to register his first goal of the tournament. The best scorer in the canadian hockey League has diverted a pass from defender Conor Timmins to spread the hysteria in the KeyBank Center in Buffalo.


This triumph has allowed Canada to avenge its defeat suffered in a shootout at the hands of the United States, in the last year. It is a 17th gold medal for the country, a summit of all nations together in this tournament, and for the first time since 2015. The Americans have won the bronze medal by defeating the Czech Republic, 9-3, earlier Friday.


The captain of Canada, Dillon Dubé, opened the scoring in the second period and Alex Formenton sealed the outcome of the meeting in a little desert, a few moments after the winning goal. Carter Hart was sensational in the victory, pushing 35 washers.


With the eighth victory of his career at this tournament, Hart joined Stéphane Fiset and Jimmy Waite in the first rank of guardians canadians the most victorious in the world Championship of junior hockey.


Tim Söderlund took advantage of a shorthanded to tie the game in the second twenty. Filip Gustavsson has sold two times out of twenty-seven shots in front of the cage of Sweden.


Spectacular Finale


If the fans of junior hockey have been served when the last final of the tournament in Montreal, canadian players and swedes are busy to offer a good show.

Photo: Nathan Denette, The canadian Press

The two formations have left to talk about their talent in the first period and mounted offensives were quick to set the tone. Canada had the right to a first numerical advantage, but Gustavsson has closed the door. Sweden has also had the opportunity to evolve with a player more, but this time it is Hart who has refused to concede.


Men Dominique Ducharme were the first to celebrate in the first period, but it lasted only a few seconds. After that Dubé had pushed a loose puck to the back of the net in Swedish, the referee was quick to deny the goal because he had whistled the end of the game, believing that Gustavsson had put the mitten on the disk.


It was only a postponement to Dubé, in the second minute of the second third. Jordan Kyrou was taken to the area team and has done a nice discount to teammate, who was seconded to a rival. Slightly hooked, Dube has managed to stay the puck into the top corner to give a lead of 1-0 in Canada.


The replica of the Swedish, however, is the occurrence shorthanded. A confusion in defensive coverage allowed Söderlund to take advantage of a lot of space before unleashing a precise shot to the left of Hart. The day before, in the semi-final against the United States, Sweden had scored two goals in such circumstances to break the legs of his opponents. The representatives of the maple leaf flag have responded to this by unchecking the six shots the following, but Gustavsson preserved the tie.


In the third period, both teams had several opportunities to propel themselves in advance, but the poles were involved in the show.


In the first minutes of the engagement, Jesper Sellgren has inherited the puck after a face-off and his shot landed directly on the post to the right of Hart. Ten minutes later, during a numerical advantage, Kyrou has served a pass erudite Taylor Raddysh, but he deflects the puck on the post to the left of the goalkeeper of swedes.


While the clash seemed to be heading towards an extension, Timmins has worn a beautiful vision of the game to prepare for the winning goal. The defender of Canada has made a piece of jewellery by placing the disc in exactly the right place to Steenbergen, who was yet covered by a player from sweden.


Steenbergen, who has been used in a limited way throughout the tournament, was the only attacker of Canada who had still not moved the ropes.