Team USA Wins Gold at 2021 World Junior Championship
Avalanche prospect Drew Helleson assists in shutout victory; Bowen Byram, Alex Newhook and Justin Barron earn silver medals with Canadaby Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com
Team USA is once again golden at the IIHF World Junior Championship.
The United States shutout Canada 2-0 in the 2021 Gold Medal Game on Tuesday night at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, to win its fifth championship at the under-20 tournament.
For the U.S., it was the country's fifth medal in the last six years at the World Juniors and the team now improves to 4-1 all-time against Canada in gold medal contests. USA Hockey last won gold in 2017 following Denver native Troy Terry's heroics in the shootout against Canada. USA also won in 2004, 2010 and 2013.
Canada-USA Showdown For World Junior Gold
Rivals set to face off after both countries won in the semifinalsby Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com
It will be an All-North American showdown for the gold medal at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Canada and the United States both won their respective semifinal matchups to advance to Tuesday's championship game at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta. It is the first time the two rivals have faced off with the gold on the line since Denver native Troy Terry's shootout goal to lift Team USA to victory in 2017.
The Canadians beat another rival to get a chance to celebrate on home ice, as they shutout Russia 5-0 in the first semifinal matchup on Monday night.
Canada, United States Advance to Semifinals
Canada to face Russia, United States will take on Finlandby Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com
Canada advanced to the semifinal round of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship on Saturday night as it shutout the Czech Republic 3-0 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.
Dylan Cozens got Canada on the board early in the first period with a breakaway goal, and Colorado Avalanche prospect Bowen Byram doubled his team's lead right after a power-play opportunity expired. Connor McMichael sealed the win with an empty-net tally with less than three minutes remaining in regulation.
Byram skated a game-high 24:53, finished the game with a plus-1 rating and was named the player of the game for Team Canada. He now has four points (one goal, three assists) in five outings in the 2021 World Juniors and leads the tournament with a plus-14 rating.
USA and Canada Head to Quarterfinals as Group Winners
Both countries finish atop the standings after he preliminary round at the 2021 World Juniorsby Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com
The United States won Group B on Thursday night as it shutout Sweden 4-0 in both teams' final matchup of the preliminary round at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.
It was Sweden's second consecutive loss after falling 4-3 in overtime to Russia on Wednesday, ending a 54-game win streak in the preliminary round. USA's victory marked Sweden's first regulation defeat in pool play since losing 2-0 to Canada on Dec. 26, 2006.
Colorado Avalanche prospect Drew Helleson opened the game's scoring just 1:09 after the opening faceoff for Team USA, which added a second tally less than three minutes later. The Americans recorded two more markers in the middle period.
Americans Post Second Shutout at 2021 World Junior Championship
Canada also picks up a shutout against Switzerlandby Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com
The United States posted its second straight shutout and improved to 2-1-0 at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship with a 7-0 win against the Czech Republic on Tuesday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.
Canada Stays Perfect at 2021 World Junior Championship
Defeats Slovakia in tight preliminary-round gameby Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com
Canada remained undefeated at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship with a 3-1 win against Slovakia on Sunday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.
Canada and USA Both Win Big at World Juniors
Team Canada defeats Germany 16-2 in opening game; Americans shutout Austriaby Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com
A seven-goal second period pulled the Canadians away for good as they defeated Germany 16-2 in their opening game of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship on Saturday.
Canada, the host nation, received goals from 10 different players and 17 skaters recorded at least a point during the Boxing Day matchup at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta. It was the most goals the country has scored since defeating Latvia 16-0 on Dec. 26, 2009.
Team USA Falls to Russia on Day 1 of 2021 World Juniors
Colorado prospect Drew Helleson collects assist in lossby Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com
The United States fell 5-3 to Russia in its first game of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, on Friday.
Colorado Avalanche prospect Drew Helleson picked up an assist and finished the contest with a plus-1 rating in 11:48 of ice time.
Avalanche Prospects at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship
The under-20 tournament runs from Christmas Day through Jan. 5 in Edmontonby Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com
Four Colorado Avalanche prospects will represent their respective countries at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton, Alberta, which begins on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and runs through Jan. 5, 2021.
Forward Alex Newhook and defensemen Bowen Byram and Justin Barron will play for Team Canada, the defending champions at the under-20 tournament, and defenseman Drew Helleson will compete for the United States.
Jost, Zadorov Pick Up Medals at 2019 World Championship
Finland Wins Goldby Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com
Gold Medal Game: Finland (3) vs. Canada (1)
Finland's impressive run at the 2019 IIHF World Championship concluded with a gold medal.
The Finns scored three unanswered goals to defeat Team Canada 3-1 on Sunday in the final at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.
It is Finland's third-ever gold at the Worlds and first since 2011 when it also won in Slovakia. The country's first World Championship title was in 1995 in Sweden.