Well, the World Championship is now over. And Canada may not have won Gold, but it’s ok because a Calgary Flames player still walked away with a medal!
That may be all the hockey for now that would get me excited to watch since the World Championship is now over. But that’s ok because a Calgary Flames player still walked away with a medal!
We know that Johnny Gaudreau‘s time came to an end in the Quarter-finals when Team USA lost to Team Finland. But Chad Johnson, who was a goaltender for Team Canada, won a silver medal! I know, I know, it’s no Gold. But he still gets to come back home and how off this nice piece of medal.
The Gold medal game started off quite evenly played between Canada and Sweden. It was still scoreless, but then the Canadians had a powerplay late in the second period. Great, which means Canada will have a chance to make it 1-0, right? Well, not really.
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The Swedes ended up scoring a shorthanded goal (boo). Canada would have a powerplay early in the third period and they took advantage of it this time! They opened up the third period scoring with an early powerplay goal by Ryan O’Reilly. The game would remain tied at one a piece until the end of the game where it would go to a twenty-minute overtime period. And if it still remains scoreless, it would go to shootout.
Well, it remained scoreless and it went to shootout (ensue panic). This is the fist time a gold medal game at the World Championship would need a shootout since 1994. Well, you already know how this story goes, but Canada failed to even get a goal in the shootout and Sweden took the Gold medal game in this one. In the playoff round of the World Championship, Johnson unfortunately didn’t get to see the crease at all since Canada went with Calvin Pickard for every game.
But he finished the tournament going 3-0-0, one shutout, has allowed just four goals in three games 0.917 sv%, 1.33 GAA. Oh, AND a Silver medal. Not too shabby for the Calgary native.
Congratulations to Team Sweden and Team Canada for their efforts in this game! It was definitely a hard-fought battle from both sides.