Final quote of the tournament goes to the winning goaltender. It was a pleasure to discuss this tournament and I hope you enjoyed it! Until next year...
How they won last night:
This was the best I could find since the other major outlets have not posted it yet. Enjoy the nerve-wracking shootout!
Who was watching:
Massive congratulations to the U.S. on winning the gold medal in a fantastic game that went all the way to a shootout! They also were unbeaten throughout the entire tournament which really means that they are the best junior team in the world!
Preview for tonight's game? Maybe.
You can definitely spot younger versions of the stars in the NHL right now. Tell me who you find! (*Hint: One of them went first overall in the 2010 draft!).
Which team will win it all today? Who will go home empty-handed? Find out when the bronze match begins at 3:30 pm ET!
The Gold Medal Game: Canada vs. U.S. (2010 rematch!)
The Bronze Game: Sweden vs. Russia
Canada Vs. Sweden
U.S. Vs. Russia
This one was much more exciting (Canada and Sweden are great teams but this was way closer) because it featured a shootout! Shootouts against Russia are where new American heroes are born...
Storylines to consider:
U.S. vs. Russia- Miracle on Ice... again.. It seems that these two teams always like to face each other (most recent game was last year's semifinals where Russia won, 2-1)
Sweden vs. Canada- Will Sweden lose a game? Or will it continue its momentum to the gold medal game? This game is perfect for the host country to win and get another shot at gold after having a disappointing exit from the quarterfinals last year.
And with that, relegation is over, Finland will return, and Latvia will move down. Finland just seemed to be too good to not be in the tournament next year but it was weird to see them in this position. I hope to see Latvia in future tournaments because I want great things for them.
One century of this game and League is a wonderful milestone to celebrate. Let's hope to do this in the next century!