(Yahoo.com) — Troy Terry scored the winner in the seventh round of a shootout as the United States defeated Russia 4-3 Wednesday in a world junior hockey championship semifinal.What an unbelievably entertaining hockey game that was to watch. So much speed, so much raw skill, and all being showcased with lot at stake for both teams. USA and Russia certainly put on a show.
The first period belonged to USA. They controlled most of the play and had Russia chasing them a lot in the d-zone. But USA’s lone struggle was down low in their own end as well and that led to the lone Russian goal.
The second period the American’s had to come back from a 2-1 deficit as Colin White and Luke Kunin, who’s tip in was a thing of beauty, gave USA the 3-2 lead heading into the third.
In the third frame it was straight up back and forth trading punches like some Rocky vs. Drago shit. Clayton Keller missed a mid period penalty shot for Team USA that would have given them some breathing room and a nice 4-2 lead. Instead, moments after the Keller miss Russia tied it at 3.
After nothing was decided in regulation or in the 10 minute 4v4 overtime the game went to a shootout. Having a shootout decide any playoff game is about the dumbest thing in the history of sports but what can you do? This wasn’t an American created event. Luckily for Team USA Troy Terry’s gun was fully loaded as he went all T.J. Oshie on us, going 3-for-3, five hole every time, to secure the win for the good ol’ American boys.
Tomorrow Team USA will play either Canada or Sweden for the Gold. And if it isn’t against Canada then Team USA might as well not even play because playing Sweden feels like a scrimmage. Canadians really, really care about winning this thing so it would be fun to break millions of hearts while we ready up down here for something truly important like the Patriots Super Bowl run.
A few final notes on the game:
- Clayton Keller is a beast. Every time he touched the puck you almost expected a goal or some brilliant play from him. He’s a fantastic player.
- It seemed like Charlie McAvoy never left the ice. It was like USA put him in the starting lineup then rotated the other five D through him. Crazy. They really trust the kid and there wasn’t a situation he didn’t play in.
- Russian forward Denis Guryanov was near unstoppable as well. His shot, speed, hands, you name it, were all firing. A real fun player to watch.
- Tyler Parsons was on a rollercoaster ride all game in net for Team USA. He was shaky to start, then got run in the second period nearly having to leave the game with a neck/head injury. He rallied, had a solid third and real strong overtime. In the shootout the quick release of Russian shooters handcuffed him a bit but he hung in there, especially on any deke.
- There are 6 Boston University players on Team USA. Six. From one NCAA team. Unreal.
- Beating Russia is fun. It just never gets old because international events are all they got. I wake up tomorrow feeling the same about this USA team, win or lose. In Russia, the loss probably cost lives. Crushing their dreams is heartwarming.