SASKATOON - A report card on Canada's performance in the world junior hockey championship final, rated on a scale of one to 10:
Goaltending - Jake Allen saw a lot of shots through the first 30 minutes and while he wasn't dreadful, he didn't make the big stops. He was helped out by the pathetic performance - three goals on six shots - by American starter Mike Lee before he was pulled in favour of Jack Campbell after Taylor Hall tied it 3-3 early in the second frame. A major blunder on Derek's Stepan's goal to make it 5-3 in the third saw Allen mercifully pulled for Martin Jones, who had no chance on the Americans' winning goal on overtime.
Score: 3 out of 10.
Defence - Overall a slow-footed group, they were on their heels against the fast-paced U.S. attack early on. And their leader, Alex Pietrangelo, didn't help by taking a minor and misconduct hitting-from-behind call at the end of the first. Brandon McMillan was full value moving back to defence while Pietrangelo was in the box, and when he returned, Canada took control for a while. Then the defence, particularly Calvin de Haan and Ryan Ellis, were caught for two third-period goals.
Score: 5 out of 10.
Forwards - Luke Adam got an early goal by the fourth line, which should have been a boost, and they got two more on the weak Lee. When it came time to bear down and generate goals in the second and third periods, the star of the tournament Jordan Eberle came through with two goals in the dying minutes. Hall showed his good and bad sides, being stripped of the puck trying to beat a man one-on-one on the first American goal and scoring a game-tying tally in the second frame.
Score: 7 out of 10
Coaching - Shortening the bench in the third period to try to erase a two-goal deficit worked in a round robin win against the Americans and it was coach Willie Desjardins' only option when the same situation arose in the final. He played the cards he had, and his top gun Eberle got one back on a power play. McMillan was used wisely when Pietrangelo was out.
Score: 7 out of 10.
Total: 22 out of 40.