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WJC: USA Is Golden

USA wins World Junior Gold while Sweden takes home the Bronze

Wednesday, 01.6.2010 / 7:55 AM ET / World Juniors
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WJC: USA Is Golden
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The World Junior Championships are underway as Panther prospects AJ Jenks (USA) and Jacob Markstrom (Sweden) are looking to earn gold for their country.

Day 11: 1/05
The World Junior Championships came to a smashing end for both Panthers prospects as both AJ Jenks (USA) and Jacob Markstrom (Sweden) took home medals.

In the bronze medal matchup, Sweden used a five-goal first period to propel themselves to a 11-4 rout of Switzerland. And in the nightcap, the US held a 5-3 lead late in third before Canada tied it with two goals from Jordan Eberle before John Carlson gave the Americans their first gold medal since 2004 when he scored 4:21 into overtime.

Disappointed that they weren't playing for gold after losing to the United States in the semifinals, Sweden picked themselves up and took it to Switzerland who had upset Russia in the quarterfinals to get to the medal rounds. Dennis Rasmussen scored 3:59 into the contest before Anton Lander made it 2-0 while Andre Petersson scored twice and Mattias Tedenby upped the lead to 5-0 by the end of the first period.

Sweden would score twice more before Switzerland was able to finally solve Markstrom with a power play tally. After two more goals by Sweden, staking them to a 9-1 lead, Switzerland scored twice in a span of 11 seconds and then scored again on the power play to make it 9-4.

Petersson finished the second period scoring by netting his third of the game and David Rundblad scored the only goal of the third in finishing out the scoring.

Members of Team USA celebrate after defeating Team Canada 6-5 in overtime at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship Tournament Gold Medal game on January 5, 2010 at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Team USA defeated Team Canada 6-5 in overtime.(Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Some wondered how could the Gold Medal game even live up to the hype, especially after an instant classic that was played between Canada and US in the prelims (a 5-4 shootout victory for Canada).

But it was even better as all four goalies played, Eberle and Carlson had two goal games, Canada came back from two goals down with time slowly ticking off the clock and an up-tempo game throughout.

Just like in their first game of the tournament against the US, Canada scored the game's first goal early into the contest as Luke Adam scored at the 2:40 mark.

The United States would take the lead however, recording goals 36 seconds apart when Chris Kreider scored at 13:56 and Jordan Schroeder scored at 14:32. Jenks recorded the second assist on Kreider's tally. Canada wouldn't let the lead hold going into the second as G Nemisz scored with 3:57 left to play.

The teams each had a goal in the second. Carlson gave the US a 3-2 lead with a blast from the point on the power play 1:03 into the second and Taylor Hall answered for Canada just 2:53 later. Canada's third goal of the night chased US starter M Lee and brought in Campbell.

Jerry D'Amigo recorded his sixth of the tournament 4:12 into the third and Derek Stepan gave them a two goal lead 2:11 after, chasing Canada starter Jake Allen.

Looking to win it in regulation, it was not to be as Eberle scored on the power play with 2:49 left to play and then tied it with 1:35 remaining.

Jenks finished the contest with the assist on three shots.

Day 9: 1/03
It's an all-North American final.

That's because the US, despite playing 24 hours before, knocked off Sweden with a 5-2 victory Sunday night in Saskatoon.

The victory sends the Americans to the Gold Medal game, a rematch of the best game of the 2010 tournament in which Canada won 5-4 in a shootout in the preliminaries.

The United States jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 1:24 into the game as Tyler Johnson rebounded the puck past Jacob Markstrom.

Sweden would rebound and hold a the lead 12:17 into the second period as Anton Lander scored twice. But it didn't last long as Jerry D'Amigo knotted it at two 2:49 after Lander's second goal on a great individual effort, passing it himself along the boards before beating Markstrom five-hole.

The US had a great opportunity to take a huge lead on Sweden 39 seconds into the third as M Johansson was sent off for five minutes for elbowing. But the Swedish fore check on the penalty kill limited any good opportunities for the Americans. John Carlson did eventually give the US a lead they wouldn't give up again with a blast from the point 12:34 into the third. They added to their lead, on a Sweden power play no less, when Derek Stepan stole the puck at the US blue line and raced down the ice before sending it over to D'Amigo who buried it short side for his second of the game.

AJ Jenks finished off the scoring when he scored into an empty net with 55 seconds left in the game. Jenks finished the game with the goal on four shots and was a plus-two while Markstrom finished stopping 30 of 34 shots.

Sweden will take on Switzerland (4pm ET Tuesday, NHL Network) in the Bronze Medal game while the US and Canada face-off for Gold (8pm ET Tuesday, NHL Network).

Day 8: 1/02
Well this should be interesting. AJ Jenks will face off against Jacob Markstrom in the semifinals.

That's because Jenks and Team USA won their quarterfinal matchup against Finland, 6-2.

The United States would score the game's first three goals on their way to a victory as Kyle Palmieri and Matt Donovan scored within 4:20 of each other early in the first period while Jerry D'Amigo gave them the 3-0 lead 12:51 into the second period.

Finland would make it a game by scoring two of the next three goals when Eero Elo made it 3-1 2:26 after D'Amigo's tally. After Chris Kreider made it 4-2 2:05 into the third, Iiro Pakarinen regained the two goal cushion with a goal with 5:29 left to play. D'Amigo scored an empty netter with 53 seconds left and Danny Kristo scored nine seconds later to give the Americans the 6-2 final.

Jenks registered his first assist of the tournament, being credited with the second assist on Kreider's goal.

The US and Sweden will battle it out for the right to play in the Gold Medal game Sunday night (9pm ET, NHL Network in US, TSN in Canada)

Day 6: 12/31
The Preliminaries ended Thursday in Saskatoon and Regina for the World Junior Tournament and Jacob Markstrom and Sweden sewed up an automatic bid to the semis with a 7-1 victory over Finland to finish 4-0 in Group B while despite an amazing game against the heavily favored Canadians, AJ Jenks and the United States ultimately fell to Canada 5-4 in a shootout.

For Sweden, their victory can be largely attributed to Markstrom. Finland threw 26 shots on goal, yes 26, in the first period alone and Markstrom turned away every single one of them. Sweden was outshot 26-3 in the opening period yet led 1-0. The Swedes turned up the heat with three goals in each of the second and third periods on their way to a 7-1 victory.

Markstrom, who was named Sweden's Best Player Of The Game for the second straight contest, was not as busy in the latter two periods, stopping nine in the second and three of four in the third. His preliminary ends perfectly at 3-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a .969 Save Percentage, tops in the tournament.

For AJ Jenks and the US, it's really a matter of what should have been.

After Canada took a 1-0 lead 2:03 into the contest, the United States would score four of the next five goals of the game, including two short-handed, to be lead 4-2 just 1:01 into the third period. Philip McRae, Jordan Schroeder (sh), Tyler Johnson (sh) and Danny Kristo all scored for the US. Hanging around, Canada upped the pressure and got to within one on Jordan Eberle's second of the night with 9:57 to play and Alex Pietrangelo tied it on a shorthanded goal with 4:15 left in the game.

After the scoreless overtime period, the game went to the shootout with Eberle, Nazem Kadri and Brandon Kozun all scoring for Canada and Kristo and Jeremy Morin scoring for the US. With the chance to tie it as the third shooter, Schroeder was stopped by Jake Allen which sent the Canadians to the semis and the Americans to a date with Finland in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Jenks finished the contest with two shots on goal, four penalty minutes and was a plus-one.

Day 4: 12/29
Sweden and the United States got back at it in grand fashion Tuesday after both having off days on Monday.

The United States blitzed Latvia by a score of 12-1, scoring six times in the first 20 minutes en route to the victory while Sweden knocked off Russia with a 4-1 victory to capture first place in Group B with one game left to play.

Both Panthers prospects had a hand in their teams wins as AJ Jenks collected a goal in his second straight game while Jacob Markstrom turned away 36 shots for his second victory of the tournament. Jenks rebounded the puck in for the U.S' fourth goal of the game, a power play tally 14:40 into the first and finished with four shots and a plus-one. Markstrom was named Sweden's Best Player Of The Game for his efforts against the Russians.

The US now have a day break before their big showdown with Canada to determine who gets the bye into the semis for Group A while Sweden finishes up pool play on Thursday as well against Finland.

Day 2: 12/27
Day two was more of the same for Sweden and the USA. Jenks found the back of the net for the first time of the Junior tournament as the US defeated Switzerland 3-0 while Sweden didn't even need Markstrom between the pipes on their way to a 7-3 victory over Austria.

The Americans were actually in for a scare against the Swiss, not scoring their second goal until the 12:35 mark of the third period while Jenks tally gave the US the final scoring with 3:24 left to play in the game. Jenks finished with the goal on three shots and was a plus-one.

Day 1: 12/26
It was a great opening day for both Sweden and the United States as both teams had dominating final scores. Sweden posted a 10-1 victory over the Czech Republic while the US earned a pulled away from Slovakia 7-3. Markstrom turned a way 20 shots for his first victory of the tournament while Jenks finished with a shot on goal, a plus-one and a cross-checking penalty in the second period while centering the third line.

"It's always good to win the first game, and we won it big," Markstrom told "It's a good game we played, but I think we can play a lot better on defense and execute better on the power play. We have more to give. Still, a good start for sure."

Panthers 4th pick (100th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
 *12th overall in the tournament in face-off percentage (57.78%)
 *Tied for 21st overall in tournament in plus/minus (+6)

GP Goals Assists Points Shots +/- PIM Face-offs
7 3 2 5 17 +6 6 52 of 90
 Panthers 1st pick (31st overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
 *Named One Of Sweden's Three Best Players For Tournament
*Named Sweden's Player Of The Game vs Finland (12/31)
 *Named Sweden's Player Of The Game vs Russia (12/29)
 *Second overall in the tournament in GAA (2.21)
 *Second overall in the tournament in save-percentage (92.72%)

GP Saves  Goals Allowed Save % GAA Record
5  140  11  .927  2.21   4-1-0
Rank Team GP W OTW OTL  L
1 CAN 4 3 1 0 0 11 29 35 6   1 SWE 4 4 0 0 0 12 22 28 6
2 USA 4 3 0 1 0 10 17 26 9   2 RUS 4 3 0 0 1 9 6 14 8
3 SUI 4 2 0 0 2 6 -4 11 15   3 FIN 4 2 0 0 2 6 2 15 13
4 SVK 4 1 0 0 3 3 -8  14  22   4 CZE 4 1 0 0 3 3 -7 13 20
5 LAT 4 0 0 0 4 0 -34  9  43   5 AUT 4 0 0 0 4 0 -23 7 30 is the official Web site of the Florida Panthers. Florida Panthers and are trademarks of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks and NHL Draft name and logo are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.