USA Defeats Sweden 3-1 to Win Gold Medal at 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships

January 5th, 2013 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
A pair of goals from Rocco Grimaldi helped the United States defeat Sweden, 3-1, on Saturday to win the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Ufa, Russia.

This is the third time that the United States has won this tournament (2004, 2010, 2013), and its record in gold-medal games has improved to 3-1. Earlier on Saturday, Russia defeated Canada, 6-5, in overtime to win the bronze medal.

After falling behind 1-0 at the beginning of the second period, Team USA responded with two quick goals from Grimaldi to take a 2-1 lead.

The United States defended its lead in the third period with great penalty killing and defense. Vince Trocheck added an empty-net goal late in the final period.

American goaltender John Gibson was fantastic at the WJC and made some remarkable saves after his team built a 2-1 advantage. He finished with a 5-2 record and led all goalies in GAA.

Gibson was chosen as the tournament's MVP (via TSN's Mark Masters):

MVP of WJHC as selected by media: John Gibson

— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) January 5, 2013 Four American players also made the All-S ...

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