Troy Terry recorded three shootout goals, including the game-winner in the seventh round, to lift the U.S. National Junior Team to a 4-3 victory over Russia in the semifinals of the 2017 World Junior Championship. With the win, Team USA (5-1-0-0) advances to the gold-medal game tomorrow (January 5) at the Bell Centre in Montreal against Team Canada. (Team Canada defeated Sweden, 5-2, in the other semifinal game).
"I think I blanked out for all three of them," Terry said, in a postgame interview on the NHL Network. "It couldn't have worked out better. I still can't believe it. We knew the circumstances before the game, and we knew how much it means to us and USA Hockey. [Russia] has been our rivals for the past couple years. We're happy with the result."
Terry has five points (2g/3a) in six tournament games thus far, including a two-assist performance in the opener - a 6-1 victory over Latvia on December 26. The 19-year-old was also named the Player of the Game after scoring the game-winning goal in Team USA's 3-2 victory over Russia on December 29.
"We have to enjoy this because that was pretty awesome," said Terry. "It's incredible. We're trying not to get too high right now and focus on tomorrow."
The gold-medal game is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT tomorrow and will be televised on the NHL Network.
Drafted in the fifth round (148th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft, the Highlands Ranch, Colo. native leads the Denver Pioneers (NCHC) in goals (9) and ranks tied for second in scoring with 17 points (9g/8a) in his sophomore season.