2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship
Game #31
Gold
Final
January 5, 2018 8:00 pm EST
Key Bank Center
Buffalo, N.Y.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
F
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
1
0
1
0
1
2
3

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
16
9
11
36
9
9
9
27

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 1
20
0 / 6
2

Game Story

STEENBERGEN SCORES LATE, CANADA WINS WJC GOLD

JASON LA ROSE

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Tyler Steenbergen (Sylvan Lake, Alta./Swift Current, WHL) picked a perfect time for his first goal of the tournament, scoring the winner with 1:40 remaining to give Canada’s National Junior Team a 3-1 win over Sweden on Friday night and its 17th gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship.

With overtime looming, Drake Batherson (New Minas, N.S./Cape Breton, QMJHL) won a puck battle in the corner and fed Conor Timmins (Thorold, Ont./Sault Ste. Marie, OHL), who found Steenbergen for a redirection at the side of the net to ignite the pro-Canadian crowd of 17,544 at the KeyBank Center.

Steenbergen, who skated as the 13th Canadian forward for most of the tournament, had been the lone forward not to find the back of the net before his late-game heroics.

Sweden held a 16-9 advantage in shots on goal in the first period, but Carter Hart (Sherwood Park, Alta./Everett, WHL) held his ground and ensured the game got to the first intermission goalless.

It took less than two minutes of the second period for Canada to open the scoring; Jordan Kyrou (Toronto, Ont./Sarnia, OHL) fed Dillon Dubé (Cochrane, Alta./Kelowna, WHL), and the Canadian captain went upstairs over the glove of Swedish netminder Filip Gustavsson for a 1-0 lead.

The Swedes got even with just under seven minutes to go in the middle frame when Tim Soderlund went post and in past Hart for a shorthanded goal, sending the game to the third period tied 1-1.

Both teams came close in the final stanza before the Steenbergen goal. Jesper Sellgren ripped a slap shot off the post behind Hart early in the third, and Taylor Raddysh (Caldeon, Ont./Erie, OHL) hit iron on a Canadian power play.

Sweden put Gustavsson on the bench after the Canadians took the lead, and Alex Formenton (King City, Ont./London, OHL) hit the empty net with just over a minute to go for an insurance marker to officially get the party started.

Hart ended up with 35 saves, and finished with a tournament-leading 1.81 goals-against average and .930 save percentage. He tied Jimmy Waite and Stéphane Fiset for most career wins by a Canadian goaltender at the World Juniors, with eight.

Cale Makar (Calgary, Alta./University of Massachusetts, HE), who co-led all defencemen in the tournament with eight points (three goals, five assists), was the lone Canadian named to the media all-star team.

Canada will defend its gold medal on home ice in 2019 when Vancouver and Victoria, B.C., play host.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Gustav Lindstrom
Interference (2:00)
03:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Jonah Gadjovich
Holding (2:00)
07:43
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Dillon Dubé

Assists: Jordan Kyrou, Sam Steel
01:49
PENALTY
Penalty: Lias Andersson
Interference (2:00)
12:32
GOAL (SH)
Goal: Tim Soderlund

Assists: Linus Lindström, Erik Brannstrom
13:07
PENALTY
Penalty: Rasmus Dahlin
Tripping (2:00)
19:18
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Gustav Lindstrom
Interference (2:00)
10:54
PENALTY
Penalty: Fabian Zetterlund
Tripping (2:00)
14:04
GOAL
Goal: Tyler Steenbergen

Assists: Conor Timmins
18:20
GOAL (EN)
Goal: Alex Formenton

Assists: Victor Mete
18:46
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Filip Gustavsson

18:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Oskar Steen
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
19:09
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Filip Gustavsson

19:09

Goaltender Leaders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Filip Gustavsson SWE 59 26 24 2 0.923
Carter Hart CAN 60 36 35 1 0.972

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - PTS 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - PTS 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1

Previous Games

1 - 3 L @ CanadaCAN
Jan 5, 2018
3 - 1 W v SwedenSWE
Jan 5, 2018
4 - 2 W v United StatesUSA
Jan 4, 2018
7 - 2 W v Czech RepublicCZE
Jan 4, 2018
3 - 2 W @ SlovakiaSVK
Jan 2, 2018
8 - 2 W @ SwitzerlandSUI
Jan 2, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 OLY: CAN 4 – KOR 0 (Preliminary)
Four players scored and Poulin had the SO to send Canada to the QFs.
2018 OLY: CZE 3 – CAN 2 SO (Preliminary)
Mason Raymond and René Bourque scored PP goals, but Canada fell to the Czech Republic in extra time.
2018 OLY: CAN 5 – SUI 1 (Preliminary)
René Bourque and Wojtek Wolski scored two goals each, leading Canada past Switzerland in its opener.
2018 OLY: CAN 2 – USA 1 (Preliminary)
Geneviève Lacasse made 44 saves, backstopping Canada to a win over the U.S. and first in Group A.
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