Wednesday, January 03, 2007

2007 World Junior Hockey Championship
Semi-finals: Canada v. USA

There's a lot of traffic today for the world junior tournament (finally), so I wanted to make sure I've got a game-day post up here.

It's currently 1-0 for Team USA — on a goal by team captain and Edmonton Oilers prospect Taylor Chorney — at the end of the second period.

Updates to come, both here and at

UPDATE Canada's Luc Bourdon ties the game with just under eight minutes remaining. (Is it just me, or are a lot of defencemen scoring in this tournament?)

UPDATE The game heads to overtime. Here's hoping a shootout doesn't decide such an important elimination game.

UPDATE I think I jinxed it — we're off to a shootout.

UPDATE An unbelievable shootout that went four tiebreaker rounds past the original three shooters ends with a Canadian victory.

In an interesting quirk of international hockey, players were able to shoot multiple times after the first three attempts, and both Canada's Jonathan Toews and USA's Peter Mueller shot three times apiece. The difference ended up being Toews's ability to score on all three of his attempts, while Mueller's third and final shot was saved by Canadian netminder Carey Price.

Canada will face the winner of this afternoon's Sweden v. Russia semi-final in the gold-medal game on Friday.

UPDATE A lack of goals has been one of the big stories so far for Canada.


At 12:54 PM, January 03, 2007, Anonymous Arcanas said...

You would think there is some interest in the game today...TSN broadband is totally blarged. It was skipping quite a bit on the 4th shooter, then all of a sudden its the 8th shooter. I hope they bump up the bandwidth for the gold medal game :)

At 1:37 PM, January 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it completely hypocritical for me to admit that the shootout itself was thrilling - absolutely...but the fact that a shootout decided a medal-round game is horrifying to me?

awful. they could at the very least increase the OT from 10 minutes to 20, or even 2 periods of 20 before going to shootout. i'll never have anything but disgust for a shootout in elimination play.

it was nice to watch the online RDS feed, even if i don't follow French. hearing the enthusiasm was very exciting. very little work here done since 10am.

At 3:57 PM, January 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Much is twisted in international hockey. The rule giving the last change to the U.S. completely savages the home ice advantage Canada battled to gain. Winning on foreign soil becomes a conquest not just over the teams but also over the rules.

At 1:05 AM, January 04, 2007, Blogger Desdemona said...

Hoo boy, after that game all I could think was "thank god I can breathe again". I'm with rob - I enjoyed that shootout, but hate the fact that it decided the game.

Defense ARE scoring a lot in this tourney. We looked quite awful and, frankly, were lucky to get the win.

Sweden has to be the best team that Russia has played thus far, and they still did a pretty good job on them. They've certainly got a lot of skill, but we play so differently it'd be hard to predict a winner. They typically roll their lines, we match them. We're more physical than they are (usually).

Russia has a good team who (from the one game that I saw) are playing as a team. Their stats in every category are better than Canada's except the PK. Right now I fear them, and I hope that the Canadian team does too - they might get some good drive out of that.

At 2:58 PM, January 04, 2007, Anonymous kirk said...

What really got me on the shootout was the repeated use of the same player! I'd never seen that before and it seems quite ridiculous to me. Given that a shootout is not the best way to decide the outcome a team game, the least you can do is force a team to use its depth in a shootout instead of just its one top sniper.


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