The 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship has been a wild ride, and now it's set to close in that most dramatic of fashions: Canada vs. USA, with gold medal glory on the line.
Today's medal round has a tough act to follow after some great semifinal action yesterday. The USA and Russians put on a show which went all the way to a shootout, and made an American folk hero out of Anaheim Ducks prospect Troy Terry.
Troy Terry wins in for Team USA. He is now TJ Oshie. TJ Oshie has to be someone else now...— Ryan Kennedy (@THNRyanKennedy) January 4, 2017
Meanwhile, Canada had to overcome Connor Ingram (TBL) on its way to a 5-2 victory over Sweden. The Swedes are far from a paper tiger, but it seems coming out of Group A had its detriments. When forced to defend against a quality opponent, they weren't quite as formidable any longer. The Canadians have now earned themselves a chance at both gold and redemption, after falling to the USA 3-1 on New Year's Eve. As for Winnipeg Jets prospect Jack Roslovic, while he continues to sit on just two assists all tournament, his overall game against the Russians garnered praise:
Jack Roslovic-WPG having his best game of tournament right now. Making it tough to check one USA line now with him as the 3C.— (((Corey Pronman))) (@coreypronman) January 4, 2017
Bronze Medal Game: Sweden vs. Russia