TSN revisits Canada-USA shootout from 2007 World Juniors

TSN.ca Staff
11/21/2012 2:54:19 PM
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Join TSN's Live Blog tonight while watching a replay of the 2007 World Junior Championship semi-final game between Canada and the United States. The TSN Quizmaster will be tweeting some great historical facts and fun anecdotes into the blog, and renowned blogger @DownGoesBrown will add his own unique brand of hockey humour. You are invited to submit your own comments and answer some of the Quizmaster's questions during the game, too. And don't forget to check out all the related video!

It all starts tonight at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt.

The setting was Ejendals Arena in Leksand, Sweden and a berth in the gold medal game at the 2007 World Junior Championship was on the line.

The combatants were very familiar to each other, the two-time defending champions from Canada against a United States team looking to avenge a 6-3 drubbing they took when the teams played in the round robin portion of the tournament.

The Canadians were a juggernaut heading into the contest, having not lost at a World Juniors tournament since being defeated by the USA in the 2004 gold medal game.

The Americans opened the scoring on the power-play in the second period when Edmonton Oilers draft pick Taylor Chorney found the back of the net to give his team a 1-0 advantage.

Canada's blue-line would respond when defenceman Luc Bourdon would beat American goaltender Jeff Frazee on the man advantage in the third period, setting the stage for an epic finish.

After a 10-minute overtime period that failed to decide the game, the teams headed to a shootout.

There was instant controversy when Frazee stopped Canadian Steve Downie on the first attempt and either lost the handle on or threw his stick depending on which side you ask.

In the Canadian goal, Carey Price would also make the opening save before each team would score twice to send the contest to sudden death shots.

After another round of saves, Jonathan Toews, who already had one marker in the shootout, would put Canada on the brink of advancing to the finals with his second only to have American forward Peter Mueller pull them back with an equalizing goal.

Andrew Cogliano would then step up for Canada and once again put his team one save away from a spot in the gold medal game, this time American defenceman Jack Johnson would play spoiler with a game-prolonging goal.

With two shootout goals already on his ledger, Toews would once again beat Frazee to give Canada the advantage with Mueller stepping up once more for the USA.

This time, Price would get the better of the matchup, shutting the door and sending the Canadians into a gold medal showdown with the Russians.

"I guess next time we keep throwing Jonathan out," said Canadian head coach Craig Hartsburg after the victory. "He is an amazing kid and he has character. When you want to describe character, Jonathan Toews is a character player. He does everything for the team. He is a heart and soul kid."

Toews, in turn, had praise for his goaltender for keeping them in the game.

"We were crossing our fingers every time they were shooting but Pricer did a great job and he faced some good snipers," said Toews.

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