The United States jumped out of the way of the hitherto undefeated Canadian juggernaut, defeating the host team on Tuesday by winning a gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
American players spilled over the bench as it buzzed, throwing sticks and gloves up at Rogers ’empty spot. The tournament was played without fans in the stands to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
American winger Trevor Zegras was in the lead, scoring a goal and adding an assist. American goalkeeper Spencer Knight, the best choice of the Florida Panthers in 2019, rejected 34 shots for his third exclusion in the tournament, equaling the record set this year by Canadian Devon Levy and Justin Pogge in 2006.
It is the first gold medal for the Americans since they won it all in 2017.
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Canada took home the silver medal. Finland beat Russia 4-1 earlier Tuesday to win bronze.
Zegras, the draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of 2019, was the tournament’s top scorer (seven goals, 11 assists).