It was only a matter of time before Rocco Grimaldi made his presence felt for the United States at the 2013 IIFH World Junior Championship.
It happened in the second period of the gold-medal game against defending champion Sweden in Ufa, Russia, on Saturday.
Grimaldi, who was removed from the team's top line four games ago, scored a pair of second-period goals to rally the Americans to a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of action at Ufa Arena.
Grimaldi's second of the game came off a fabulous tip in the slot. Jacob Trouba unleashed a slap shot from the right point that Grimaldi deftly deflected past Swedish goalie Niklas Lundstrom 10:27 into the middle period to give the United States its first lead.