Canada outscored the United States 34–21 in goals, but failed to lose.
EDMONTON, Alta. – Goalkeeper Devon Levy (Dollard-des-Ormuco, Que./ Northeastern University, NCAA) managed to repel 19 of 21 shots from the United States, but Canada’s National Junior team won 2 of the 2021 HHF World Junior Championship finals. Lost to -0.
Retiring in the inaugural IIHF tournament in 1977, Canada’s tenth silver medal increased their all-time tally to 33 (18 gold, ten silver and five bronze) in 45 appearances at the World Juniors.
Despite Devon Levy’s outstanding performance throughout the tournament – he finished the contest in first wins (six), average (0.75) and save percentage (0.964). Tuesday night.
Forward Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, Yun / Lethbridge, WHL) kicked the tie with Trevor Zegrass of the United States for the tournament with eight impressive goals and eight assists. However, it was Zergus, who had the upper hand and went with the honor after scoring a goal and an assist in the gold medal game.
“We were not tough enough and allowed them to run the game,” said Andre Tourneg (Nicolette, QC / Ottawa, OHL) after the game. “But I think we responded well afterwards and we did some very good work. ”
“I am so proud of him. Whenever he faced unfavorable conditions, he found a way to bounce back, ”added the visually moved head coach. He said, “He worked very hard and showed great pride. He treated everyone respectfully; It does not matter whether it is with our opponents, our country or their comrades. These youth are amazing role models and I am really proud of them. ”
The Canadians were on fire in the opening moments, quickly taking a 7–2 lead in shots on goal before reaching the middle of the first round. However, the Americans took a 13-9 advantage to turn the tide and start the shots to start the first time with a 1-0 lead.
It was forward Alex Turcotte who opened the scoring with just five minutes to go in the first frame after redirecting a Drew Helleson point on Levi’s glove. This was Levi’s first goal in 148: 20 and Canada scored the first goal on five-of-five in the tournament.
It took the United States just 32 seconds into the middle period to double its lead. This time it was the work of Zergus, who recovered a loose dumpling at the back of the Canadian net to put the disc under Levy’s pad 2–0 behind.
The Americans excelled throughout the game, forcing the Canadians to shoot from outside and knocking most of their pass attempts in the pocket. Canada’s best scoring opportunity came when the team was shorthanded.
Defenseman Bowen Byram (Cranbrook, BC / Vancouver, WHL) managed to get into American territory before conceding a pass to Cozens and beating the opposing goalkeeper with speed. However, his backhand only deflected the post to Knight’s left.
Despite playing fast and strong throughout the meet, both teams showed discipline by receiving a minor penalty each. However, both clubs were not able to return to the net while they were in the power play.
He said, ‘They are a very good team and we did not play with enough aggression. It appeared, so they deserved it, “Connor McMill (Ajax, Onts / London, OHL) said after the game.” We had a very good group of people and a very good staff. I had a lot with these people It was a good time. We have done a lot. This is clearly not the conclusion we wanted, but I still had a lot of fun, “he continued.
After the game, IIHF announced that Levi was named the tournament’s best goalkeeper in addition to being in the All-Star team. Byram and Cozens have been named World Juniors All-Star Squad respectively.
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