Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the Red Deer Rebels scoring star, continued his outstanding scoring run by putting a shot past Stephen Michalek less than two minutes into the game, and it stood up as the winner in a 1-0 victory to give Canada a perfect 5-0 record in the tourney and a 15th gold medal since this competition began in 1991.
Canada goalie Tyson Teichmann made 22 saves for the shutout, while Michalek made 23 stops, allowing only Nugent-Hopkins' wrister (unassisted) from the right circle as he gained the zone with speed and let it rip.
Congratulations to Canada-- they always ice one tough team and although USA had a tremendous tourney despite not having the talent, the Cinderella run ended today and the best team won. USA coach Tim Army did a masterful job with this group and the Americans have nothing to be ashamed about. It's a shame that the winning goal happened at 1:42 and there was nothing else to follow, but that just speaks to how well both teams played.
USA went 3-2 to capture silver, losing a shootout game to Russia during round robin play, but beating Sweden in OT yesterday to advance to the final. Canada gets a third consecutive gold at the Hlinka. And, leaving Ryan Murphy at home did not come back to bite them...imagine what would have been said if the Americans had pulled off an upset?
Sweden blasted Czech Republic by a 6-1 score to secure the bronze medal for the tournament.