MONTREAL -- After Troy Terry scored each of his three shootout goals between the pads of Russia goalie Ilya Samsonov in the semifinals of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship on Wednesday, he didn't expect to use the same tactic one night later.
And yet he couldn't resist going there when the opportunity presented itself against Canada in the final.
Terry put his attempt between the legs of goalie Carter Hart to help the United States win its fourth WJC gold medal, 5-4 at Bell Centre.
"Yeah, before the shootout, it wasn't my plan," Terry said. "I actually was thinking about trying something different. And as I came down, I guess it just took over me. I had to try it.
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"It was incredible. It's something that I'll remember forever with this group of guys. To be able to win with these guys and how exciting the game was and the fashion we won, it was truly amazing. I have to give it to Canada, they played an amazing game and made it really exciting."
United States captain Luke Kunin had no doubt what would happen when Terry hopped on the ice for his turn after the first three shooters for each team failed to score.
"We just said, 'Do your thing.' He knows what he's doing," Kunin said. "With [goalie Tyler] Parsons back there, he was great all game and he was one of our best players again."
Parsons followed Terry's goals with saves on forwards Anthony Cirelli and Nicolas Roy.
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"I just got it in my mind, 'If I let one in, I lose the gold,' so that's what I just thought the whole time," Parsons said. "And I was just patient with the puck, and it showed, and we won the gold."
While appreciating Terry's prowess in the shootout, United States coach Bob Motzko praised Parsons, who made 46 saves through overtime before stopping all five Canada shooters in the tiebreaker.
"In a shootout, he's a little bit of a wizard, and that's pretty cool," Motzko said. "I think the real story … is Parsons. [Backup] Joe Woll got in there too, but when we turned it over, he's a special goaltender. So to go to the shootout, it was his. That shootout belonged to Parsons."