IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 2-1 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (SO) – 03 Jan 2007

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada
ย 2-1 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (SO)
World Junior Championship Semifinal
Ejendals Arena, Leksand ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Wednesday, 03 January 2007

Jonathan Toews and Carey Price were a lethal combination in Canada’s thrilling 2-1 sudden-death shootout semifinal victory over the United States at the World Junior Hockey Championship on Wednesday.

Toews scored on all of his three shootout attempts, including the winning goal, and Price made the save that sent Canada into Friday’s Gold medal game against Russia to lead the Canadians to their sixth straight appearance in the 2007 WJC’s championship game.

Russia beat Sweden 4-2 in the second semifinal to advance to the Gold medal game against Canada for the fourth time in the last five years. Canada has won the last two times the longtime rivals have met.

The Canadians and Americans were tied 1-1 after regulation time and a 10-minute overtime failed to break the deadlock, sending the game to a shootout.

Each team is allowed three shooters in the first round of the shootout and when the Canadians and Americans remained knotted again, the game went to a sudden-death shootout.

Toews scored on Canada’s first shot in sudden death and the U.S. tied it on a goal by Peter Mueller. Andrew Cogliano put Canada ahead again but Jack Johnson replied.

Toews was sent out again and this time, he deked goalie Jeff Frazee and scored on his forehand. And when Price foiled Mueller, the Canadians were off to the championship game.

“I guess I was running out of ways to score so I gave him a little head fake,” said Toews. “He was further out of his net (than on previous shootout attempts) and I was able to beat him on the blocker side.”

“I guess next time we keep throwing Jonathan out,” said head coach Craig Hartsburg. “He is an amazing kid and he is character.

“When you want to describe character, Jonathan Toews is a character player. He does everything for the team. He is a heart and soul kid.

“Price was also unbelievable. The whole game we made mistakes with the puck that caused ourselves some grief and here was there all night.”

Price turned away 34 shots in regulation and overtime.

“He’s so calm and laid-back in the net,” Cogliano said of Price. “He does a great job of staying big and making the easy save.”

“We were crossing our fingers every time they were shooting but Pricer did a great job and he faced some good snipers,” said Toews.

The Canadians didn’t turn in their sharpest effort and trailed 1-0 with less than 15 minutes left in regulation time when Bourdon scored at 12:19 of the third period.

Hartsburg praised his team for the way the players responded to a little adversity.

“The whole game I thought we looked a little uptight,” said Hartsburg. “We really struggled. Our play with the puck, we looked uptight. One good thing is our kids did not get frustrated. At times we made mistakes and we found a way.

“This is the first time we had to face adversity and I am proud of how they battled through it.”

Toews agreed.

“It was tough and this is the first time we went through some real adversity and the U.S. tested us tonight,” he said. “We found a way to win and we never gave up. At times it was not pretty but we got it done.”

“But we can’t be satisfied.”

The Canadian juniors aren’t and the only way they will be satisfied is by winning Friday’s Gold medal game.

1st Period
02:23 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Abdelkader, elbowing
05:20 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Gerbe, slashing
05:20 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Letang, roughing
06:33 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Toews, hooking
09:54 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Lee, interference
17:19 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Parent, holding
19:52 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Abdelkader, interference

2nd Period
24:36 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Gagner, hooking
25:04 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PP GOAL – Chorney (E. Johnson)
27:19 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Mueller, hooking
31:45 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Abdelkader, slashing
33:01 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – O’Marra, hooking
35:23 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Lee, interference

3rd Period
43:22 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Zimmerman, tripping
49:24 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Carman, elbowing
50:56 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Geoffrion, interference
52:19 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Bourdon (Russell, Toews)

64:23 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Letang, high sticking

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Downie stopped
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Kane stopped
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Little scored
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Mueller scored
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Toews scored
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ J. Johnson scored
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Little stopped
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Kane stopped
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Toews scored
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Mueller scored
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Cogliano scored
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ J. Johnson scored
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Toews scored
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Mueller stopped

W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Price (34-35)
L: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย Frazee (26-28)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 9+6+10+2+1 = 28
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 11+7+5+12+0 = 35

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Leland Irving, Carey Price. Defence: Karl Alzner, Luc Bourdon, Cody Franson, Kris Letang, Ryan Parent, Kris Russell, Marc Staal. Forwards: Daniel Bertram, Marc-Andrรฉ Cliche, Andrew Cogliano, Steve Downie, Sam Gagner, Darren Helm, Bryan Little, Brad Marchand, Kenndal McArdle, James Neal, Ryan O’Marra, Tom Pyatt, Jonathan Toews.
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Goaltenders: Jeff Frazee, Jeff Zatkoff. Defence: Taylor Chorney, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson, Kyle Lawson, Brian Lee, Jamie McBain, Sean Zimmerman. Forwards: Justin Abdelkader, Mike Carman, Jim Fraser, Blake Geoffrion, Nathan Gerbe, Patrick Kane, Trevor Lewis, Peter Mueller, Kyle Okposo, Jack Skille, Ryan Stoa, Bill Sweatt, James van Riemsdyk.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CANADA (C) vs. UNITED STATES ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
current champion
26 Dec 2006)
Last Title 29 Dec 2004
58 All-Time Wins
7 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie)
3 wins
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. USA)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 5-2 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 29 Dec 1985 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Hamilton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. USA)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 6-3 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 27 Dec 2006 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Mora ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 3-0 SVK ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ โ€“ 31 Dec 2006 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Leksand ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 4-2 RUS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 05 Jan 2007 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Leksand ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ…

Article Credit: Hockey Canada
Photo Credit:ย Toronto Starย โ€“ย IIHFย โ€“ย HHOFย โ€“ย IOC



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