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World Juniors 2017: United States wins gold medal in thrilling shootout

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The U.S. wins its fourth World Juniors title and third over Canada.

United States v Canada - Gold Medal Game - 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

The United States is golden.

Troy Terry scored the game-winning goal in a five-round shootout for a 5-4 win over Canada to capture the gold medal at the 2017 World Juniors tournament at Bell Centre in Montreal. It was Terry’s fourth shootout goal in two days as he scored three in the semifinal game against Russia on Wednesday.

Tyler Parsons made 46 saves, including all five in the shootout for the win. Kieffer Bellows scored twice and Adam Fox had three assists for the Americans. Charlie McAvoy and Colin White also found the back of the net.

Canada took a 1-0 lead just 4 minutes into the game when Thomas Chabot buried a feed from Matt Barzal from the slot. Five minutes later, Jeremy Lauzon doubled the lead off a turnover.

Then the U.S. competed its first of two rallies from a two-goal deficit.

McAvoy put the Americans on the scoreboard with a shot low to the glove side against Carter Hart. Bellows then deflected Fox’s shot from the point to level the score at 2-2.

The Canadians capitalized on the power play in the third period when Nicolas Roy sent a wrister past Parsons to regain the lead. Mathieu Joseph gave the Canadians its two-goal lead back on a breakaway goal less than 3 minutes later.

Thirty-nine seconds passed before Bellows cut the deficit to 4-3 and White’s tally sent the game to overtime at 7:07.

The teams played through a scoreless 20-minute overtime session of four-on-four hockey before the shootout. Terry tallied the lone goal in the shootout for either team to give the Americans its third win over Canada in the gold-medal game in the World Juniors tournament.