Canada claims summertime gold in OT

Canada claims summertime gold in OT

Kent Johnson knocked in a free puck at 3:20 of additional time to offer Canada a 3-2 win over Finland and take the gold medal on the 2022 World Junior Championship. It capped the wildest three-on-three conceivable, one which included nice saves by each goalies. However the greatest save got here from Canada’s captain, match MVP, and main scorer, Mason McTavish, who batted a puck out of the air because it was moving into to the empty internet to maintain play alive and permit Johnson to attain quickly after.

“It was fairly loopy,” McTavish mentioned. “My stick was in the appropriate place on the proper time. I do not even know why I used to be behind our goalie. I am simply enthusiastic about it now. However subsequent factor I went to the bench and KJ was on a breakaway. It was an thrilling couple of minutes and so blissful to be on the appropriate aspect of it.”

Logan Stankoven toe-dragged the puck approaching down the appropriate aspect, then backpassed to Johnson. He tried to deke, was stopped, however transformed the rebound, sending the raucous crowd of 13,327 right into a frenzy. Finland had taken the sport to additional time by rallying from 2-0 down with two targets within the third.

Sure, World Junior followers, it felt like Christmas!

“Stanks made a pleasant play and acquired it to my backhand,” Johnson defined. “I attempted to go five-hole, and that did not work, however I acquired the rebound. It was tremendous thrilling. I really thought I’d rating. I like three-on-three. This gold means the world to us.”

“We simply talked about staying calm earlier than the additional time,” mentioned Joshua Roy. “We felt we had been the higher staff, so simply calm down.”

“I am actually proud,” mentioned coach Antti Pennanen. “That is a tremendous, superb efficiency from them. General, our journey has been very nice and helpful. We have now been speaking in regards to the values and humanity, additionally after all in regards to the hockey additionally. They confirmed some character immediately. It was so shut. It was so shut!”

Canada completed the match with an ideal file, seven wins with out a loss, together with an earlier 6-3 win over the Finns through the preliminary spherical. They’ve now received their file nineteenth all-time gold medals on the World Juniors. The win additionally marks the fifteenth time in 16 hostings that Canada has earned a medal, the lone exception coming in 2019. For Finland, they take silver, their fifth U20 medal since 2014.

“It is at all times the very best feeling when you’ll be able to finish off a match or a season with a championship or a gold medal,” added Logan Stankoven. “It is a kind of issues the place you don’t have any regrets. You left all of it on the market and also you received the gold. It is one thing that you would be able to bear in mind for the remainder of your life and inform your children about when you’re sufficiently old.”

The win is particularly candy for coach Dave Cameron, who was behind the bench in 2011 when Canada misplaced a 5-3 heart-breaker within the gold-medal recreation that 12 months in opposition to Russia after main 3-0 after two intervals.

Dylan Garand was the successful goalie and completed the match with a 6-0 file. McTavish led all gamers within the recreation with 26:50 of ice time, together with 1:55 of the three:20 within the OT.

On the different finish, Juha Jatkola was sensational within the Finnish aim, the one motive the sport went to an additional session.

“We performed very effectively,” provided Finnish ahead Joakim Kemell, one of many goalscorers. “It is an amazing disappointment, however I am very happy with our staff. We acquired quite a lot of power from the gang. The bench was excited, and I believe we performed higher due to all of the cheering.”