It was the final day of the 2018 World Juniors! Bittersweet moment. Let’s check out how the Calgary Flames prospects did in these final games.
I’m upset because there’s no more World Juniors hockey. What am I supposed to do with my time!? Two Calgary Flames prospects made it to the Gold Medal game. Linus Lindstrom of Team Sweden vs. Dillon Dube, captain of Team Canada. Adam Fox of Team USA was also playing in the bronze medal game earlier in the day.
USA beat the Czech Republic by a dominating score of 9-3. Fox didn’t have any points in the game, but he was on the ice for a third of USA’s goals and not on the ice for any goals against. He finished the game with 20:51 minutes of ice-time and one shot on goal. He finished the competition with five points in seven games, tied for fourth among defensemen.
Before the bronze medal game, three players were named the players of the tournament for Team USA and Fox was one of those players! Many people were thinking he might sneak onto the Olympic roster, but he wasn’t named. But he’ll now have a bronze WJC medal to go with his Gold from last year.
The second and final game of the day was the anticipated gold medal game. Dillon Dube opened up the scoring in the second period. But he almost did in the first period when he put the goal in the net, but unfortunately, the ref prematurely blew the whistle when the goaltender didn’t even have the puck, so the goal wouldn’t count.
Later in the period, while Canada’s on the powerplay, one of the most dominating powerplays in the tournament, Sweden, who scored two shorthanded goals vs. USA, go the other way and score a shorthanded goal. The primary assist who went down the ice with the puck and passed it to Tim Soderlund for the shorthanded goal? Linus Lindstrom. So both Calgary Flames prospects were putting in work.
The score remained tied until the final two minutes when Canada made it a 2-1 game and was closing in on a Gold medal. Add an empty-net goal to that, and Canada wins this one 3-1. Lindstrom will go home with a silver, Dube will add a Gold medal to his silver from last year, and three Flames prospects get medals.
Dube finished the game with one point and five shots – the highest amount of shots on the team. He also played in 20:30 minutes of ice-time, the fourth highest on the team and highest among forwards.
Dube also tied for third in the competition for shots on goal with 30. He finished the tournament with five points in seven games and overall, being a successful Canadian captain. The song Hey Baby is absolutely stuck in my head now for the next few months, so thanks, guys.
That’s all for this year’s World Juniors updates! We’ll see you in a year.