IHLC Classics: O’Sullivan Sinks Canada

From time to time, TheIHLC.com will feature detailed recaps and boxscores of some of the most legendary games in international hockey history, considered to be “IHLC Classics.” Today, in honour of American Independence Day, we feature the long-awaited first American Gold Medal in World Junior Championship history, won on the back of a two-goal Patrick O’Sullivan performance at the 2004 final in Helsinki.


 United States 4-3 Canada 
World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game
Helsingin jäähalli, Helsinki 
Monday, January 5, 2004

With their eleventh World Junior Championship Gold Medal just twenty minutes away, a 3-1 lead destined to end a six-year Gold drought, Team Canada seemed to be free and clear to return home with Gold in tow, helmed by future stars Sidney Crosby, Jeff Carter and Marc-André Fleury.

But a cataclysmic twenty minutes, highlighted by a brutal own-goal given up by Fleury, turned elation into devastation in Helsinki, and allowed the United States to capture their first ever World Championship title, retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship in the process.
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Hall, Rinne, Hedman Highlight First-Time IHLC Winners At 2018 NHL Awards


The National Hockey League handed out its hardware to the best players in the world for the 2017-18 season in Las Vegas, with ten IHLC holders representing five countries taking home trophies.
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IHLC Results – Sweden 6-0 United States – May 19, 2018


 Sweden 6-0 United States 

World Championship Semifinal
Royal Arena, Copenhagen 
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Sweden advanced to the gold medal game with a 6-0 win over Team USA, advancing to tomorrow evening’s final against the winner of Canada-Switzerland and the chance for back-to-back championship titles.
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IHLC Results – United States 3-2 Czechia – May 17, 2018


 United States 3-2 Czechia 

World Championship Quarterfinal
Jyske Bank BOXEN, Herning 
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Team USA edged out a 3-2 win against the Czech Republic sending them to the semi-final of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Riding the exploits of Patrick Kane and the goaltending of Keith Kinkaid, the Americans move to Copenhagen for the final four.
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Belarus, Korea Republic Relegated From World Championship


An expected team and a very unexpected team both clinched the unwanted spots of relegation to Division IA at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, with Korea Republic clinching the second relegation, after Belarus, with a day still remaining in group play at the tournament in Denmark.
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IHLC Preview – 2018 World Championship


The finish of the international hockey calendar is set to begin on May 4 in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark, with the top sixteen hockey countries in the world meeting to compete at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
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Set Of Six U.S. Women’s Players Join Triple Gold Club


By virtue of the United States’ first Olympic Gold medal in 20 years, six new skaters from Team USA have joined the women’s version of the Triple Gold Club, all adding Olympic Gold to their World Championship Gold and Clarkson Cup.
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IHLC Results – United States 3-2 Canada (SO) – Feb. 22, 2018


 United States 3-2 Canada  (SO)
Olympic Gold Medal Game
Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung 
Thursday, February 22, 2018

After 80 minutes of end-to-end action, the women’s Olympic gold medal was decided by a shootout. And even that went to overtime before the U.S. won, 3-2.
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