U.S. beats Sweden 3-1 to win world juniors championship
Team USA captain Jake McCabe, centre, hoists the World Junior Trophy after his team defeated Sweden during third period gold medal hockey action at the IIHF World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia, on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Saturday, January 5, 2013 11:00AM EST
UFA, Russia -- The United States won the junior ice hockey championships on Saturday after Rocco Grimaldi scored twice and Vince Trocheck added an empty-net goal to clinch a 3-1 win over Sweden in the final.
Filip Sandberg put defending champion Sweden ahead on power play early in the second period, but Grimaldi then scored twice in a three-minute span to swing the game in the Americans' favour. He powered from behind the net to score an equalizer from a narrow angle, and then redirected Jacob Trouba's slap shot from the blue line midway through second period.
Sweden pulled its goalie for an extra player with 1:42 left but failed to capitalize. Instead, Trocheck rounded off the win with 16.7 seconds left.
John Gibson made 26 saves for the victory and was named the MVP of the tournament.