Canada beats Sweden to win gold at world junior hockey championship

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"He looked good", Ducharme said. No one really brought you out of your seats. We know exactly where we are at.

A no-name bunch that lacks a star player or even a top-3 pick, this might be the most non-descript team we've seen in recent memory. Maybe that's all Canada can reasonably ask out of this event, is that chance.

Against Sweden, which had gone undefeated in the preliminary round, Canada faced its toughest opponent of the tournament. Sweden killed two penalties; Canada couldn't finish.

The goal-scoring hero was Tyler Steenbergen of Sylvan Lake, Alta. Canada leads 1-0. Alex Formenton added an empty-netter. "I think we're all going to be hungry to get that gold, so we're going to be ready".

Canada beats Sweden to win gold at world junior hockey championship
Canada beats Sweden to win gold at world junior hockey championship

Canada didn't get its revenge against the Americans, but that doesn't make the team's World Junior Championship victory any less sweet.

Nobody had anything to be ashamed of. Tyler Steenbergen deflects home the go-ahead go to give Canada the 2-1 lead with 1:40 remaining.

With six goals in the last three games, Batherson has been Canada's hottest forward, something few would have predicted based on his draft status. Canada is appearing in back-to-back world junior finals, not its third straight.

The Swedes, who had five first-rounders in the line-up - not including projected No. 1 overall pick Rasmus Dahlin - were one not only matched Canada in terms of speed and skill, but had gone a flawless 6-0 in the tournament. I'm not a huge study of this tournament year after year but when you're fighting for the 12 days or the 22 days we've been going at it, certain things can back you off. Both teams were fast as anything.

Friday marks 10 years to the day that Matt Halischuk scored in overtime to give Canada a 3-2 win over Sweden and their fourth consecutive gold.

Yes, this was a game.

Sweden poured it on in a third period in which the ice seemed to open up for them; Rangers first-round pick Lias Andersson made it a 2-0 game after finishing a lovely 2-on-1 play at the 6:17 mark of the third period, and the Swedes doubled their lead in the span of 38 seconds with shorthanded goals by Oskar Steen and Axel Fjallby Jonsson to put the game out of reach. The teams best chance came when Taylor Raddysh hit the post with under five minutes to go in the third. Those were Sweden's young future hockey king Rasmus Dahlin, American playmaker Casey Mittelstadt, the Czech forward duo of Martin Necas and Filip Zadina. I think our guys have learned a lot this year. A year ago defenceman Cale Makar was playing Junior A in Brooke, Alta., and he entered the gold-medal game as the tournament's leading scorer among defencemen.

In Sweden's semifinal match against the United States, the team tallied two shorthanded goals. Canada and Sweden play a scoreless first period. His third goal, which caused the Canadian fans in the half-full arena to toss their hats onto the ice, was far prettier as Batherson drove to the net and lifted a shot into the top portion of the net.

Tyler Steenbergen sneaks the victor past Sweden goaltender Filip Gustavsson for the winning goal with 1:40 remaining in the game.

Dube started thinking about this moment from the time Hockey Canada assembled its summer camp, and as his season with the Kelowna Rockets rolled on, it brewed and brewed.

These games have become a part of Canadian hockey history, and we shouldn't take them for granted. "This year, it was a new team, new group".

So no, Canada didn't have the best player in this tournament.

Lias Andersson (New York Rangers prospect) and Elias Pettersson (Vancouver Canucks prospect) have five goals apiece during the tournament while defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is the top prospect of the 2018 National Hockey League draft class.