Johnny Gaudreau's hot streak continued on Thursday as the Calgary Flames 2011 draft pick recorded three points in the USA's 5-1 win over Canada in the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship semi-final.
Gaudreau has amassed nine points in his last three games and has vaulted himself into a tie with his fellow Flames prospect Markus Granlund for second in tournament scoring with nine points apiece.
The 19 year-old leads all players in goals scored with seven through six games.
Calgary's 2012 second round draft pick Patrick Sieloff has seen his role elevated over the past two games thanks to his steady, responsible play. When Shayne Gostisbehere was suspended for a single game, Sieloff was moved up to play with Jacob Trouba. Many expected Gostisbehere to come back and play with Trouba but the coaching staff kept the Sieloff-Trouba pairing together in the semi-final.
Jon Gillies, the Flames third round pick in 2012, backed up US starting netminder John Gibson.
On the Canadian side, the Flames were represented by defenceman Tyler Wotherspoon. He was paired with Morgan Rielly, who he has played alongside for the vast majority of the tournament. Wotherspoon's performance against an American squad that was firing on all cylinders was commendable, making several good reads and showing composure throughout the game.
The USA will play in the gold medal game on Saturday at 6:00 AM MT on TSN & the NHL Network. Canada will play for the bronze medal on Saturday at 2:00 AM MT.
American captain Jake McCabe opened the scoring at 7:18 of the first period. After Mike Reilly tried to slip the puck past Subban in tight, a crowd gathered in front of the netminder. When the puck popped out in the slot, McCabe sent a rocket through the traffic that Subban had no chance of seeing.
McCabe gave his country a two-goal cushion going into the second period when his shot flew past a screened Subban at 16:02. Rocco Grimaldi and Vince Trocheck earned the assists.
Gaudreau's sixth goal of the tournament came at the 2:28 mark of the middle frame. Weaving through the offensive zone, Gaudreau's toe drag around Morgan Rielly allowed him to get in the clear and his shot beat Subban high glove side.
Jim Vesey picked up the Americans fourth goal of the game after he converted on Gaudreau's feed. The Canadian coaching staff made a goaltending change after the tally, putting Jordan Binnington in net.
Airdrie product Ty Rattie got Canada on the board in the third period after an odd sequence of events. He originally rang the puck off the iron but the official blew the whistle. Rattie got a shot off after the whistle, which went in the net. The officials discussed it and deemed it a goal.
Canada put on the pressure after Rattie's short-handed marker but Gaudreau was able to score his second goal of the game at 15:41 to ice the win for the Americans.
CANADA'S LINES, DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS & GOALTENDERS
Jonathan Drouin - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Mark Scheifele
Jonathan Huberdeau - Ryan Strome - Ty Rattie
Philip Danault - Boone Jenner - Brett Ritchie
Anthony Camara - Mark McNeill - Nathan MacKinnon
Scott Harrington - Dougie Hamilton
Morgan Rielly - Tyler Wotherspoon
Griffin Reinhart - Xavier Ouellet
USA'S LINES, DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS & GOALTENDER
Johnny Gaudreau - J.T. Miller - Jim Vesey
Alex Galchenyuk - Sean Kuraly - Riley Barber
Blake Pietila - Cole Bardreau - Ryan Hartman
Rocco Grimaldi - Vince Trocheck - Tyler Biggs
Jake McCabe - Seth Jones
Patrick Sieloff - Jacob Trouba
Mike Reilly - Connor Murphy