BostonBruins.com - It was a banner night for Bruins prospects on Thursday, as Charlie McAvoy and Ryan Lindgren captured gold with the United States in a thrilling 5-4 shootout victory over Canada in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship title game.
McAvoy was Team USA's Player of the Game after notching a goal and an assist, while logging 35:33 of ice time, the second highest total for the United States. Lindgren did not play because of an illness.
McAvoy jumpstarted a U.S. comeback early in the second period. Trailing, 2-0, the 14th overall pick in last June's draft raced into the offensive zone, where he collected a pass in the slot and whipped a shot past Canadian goalie Carter Hart.
The Boston University sophomore tallied two goals and four assists in seven games during the tournament, his six points ranking third among all defensemen at the WJC. Lindgren, a second round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, had an assist in seven games and was named Player of the Game in the United States' 3-1 win over Canada in the preliminary round.
"What a group to be a part of, we'll be brothers, we'll be family, forever," McAvoy told USAHockey.com after winning the title. "This win was unbelievable. There aren't really words right now, but we'll lean on each other for the rest of our lives. We're world champions."
Jeremy Lauzon, another Bruins defense prospect, earned a silver medal with Canada. His goal midway through the first gave Canada a 2-0 lead. The 2015 first-round pick finished the tournament with two goals and an assist in seven games.
McAvoy will now head back to BU, where the Terriers are set to partake in Frozen Fenway this weekend. BU will take on the University of Massachusetts at the home of the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 EST on NESN.
Lindgren will have some time off before he returns to game action, as the University of Minnesota is off until next weekend when they host Michigan for a weekend set. Lauzon's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are in action on Friday and Sunday.
Forsbacka Karlsson Nets Hat Trick
Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson netted his first collegiate hat trick in Boston University's 5-4, overtime win over Union on Thursday night at Agganis Arena. The 2015 second-round draft pick tied the game on the power play with just 2:54 remaining to send the game to overtime, before completing his hat trick by notching the winner with 2:51 to go in the extra session.
The sophomore winger's first tally came at 8:51 of the first period to put BU ahead, 2-0. Forsbacka Karlsson has six goals and 12 assists in 18 games this season to rank second on the Terriers with 18 points.