JOHN CARLSON’s wrister to the short side on an odd-man rush in overtime concludes another epic clash between the United States and Canada at the annual International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships.
Canada’s five-year championship-winning streak is snapped as the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears defenseman shoots the U.S.A. to just its second-ever title in the 34-year-old history of the tournament.
United States 6 – Canada 5 (overtime) :
Carlson, a native of Natick, Massachusetts, was the first round pick (# 27 overall) of the Washington Capitals in 2008. The 19-year-old blueliner played 16 AHL playoff games for Hershey last spring upon conclusion of the London Knights’ season in Canadian junior hockey. Carlson has also already gotten his first taste of National Hockey League action with three games earlier this fall for the Washington Capitals.
For those who may have missed the game, WORLD HOCKEY presents period-by-period highlights of the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships Gold Medal Match via NHL.COM :
It is interesting to note that neither starting goaltender lasts the length of the contest, the highest-scoring final in the history of IIHF World Juniors.