Team USA head coach Bob Motzko described Ducks prospect Troy Terry as having ice water in his veins, and on this night, on the biggest stage of his young career, the 19-year-old delivered a chilling performance that will etch his name in World Junior lore. Anaheim's fifth-round pick (148th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft scored the lone goal in a shootout and goaltender Tyler Parsons stopped all five shots to lift the United States to a thrilling 5-4 victory over Canada to capture the gold medal in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. It was a fitting end to an incredible tournament for Terry and Team USA, who went undefeated to capture its fourth World Junior gold.
"I wasn't planning on doing it before," Terry said, in a postgame interview with TSN on going five-hole again in the shootout. "I didn't think it would work again. But I came down and actually had something else in mind. There was a little hole between his stick and pads, and I just hoped for the best."
This game marked the fourth time the United States and Canada faced off in a World Junior Championship gold medal game, and the 45th meeting all-time in the tournament.
Terry, of course, will be remembered for his masterful work in the shootout, beginning in the semifinals on Wednesday against Russia when he went 3-for-3. Evoking memories of TJ Oshie's unforgettable shootout performance in the 2014 Winter Olympics, Terry scored in the fourth round (to tie the score), sixth round (to tie the score facing elimination), and the seventh round (to win the game). The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for the United States against the Russians in the playoff round (elimination games) of the tournament.
Terry's teammates chimed in on his legendary performance in postgame comments to TSN. "I think that kid will score 11 out of 12 times," said forward Kieffer Bellows, who had two goals in the gold medal game. "He has ice in his veins."
Adds defenseman Adam Fox, "I can't say enough about him. He really came through for us going four-for-four in the shootout. That's some clutch stuff I haven't seen before. To be able to witness that and have him come through is huge."
The Highlands Ranch, Colo. native finished the tournament with seven points (4g/3a) in seven games, including consecutive game-winning shootout goals against Russia (semifinals) and Canada (gold medal game). NOTE: Game-winning shootout goals count in the final statistics.
Terry will return to the University of Denver where he currently leads the Pioneers in goals (9) and ranks tied for second in scoring with 17 points (9g/8a) in his sophomore season.