London Knights’ goalie Tyler Parsons made a must-have save in the shootout in a World Junior semi-final, helping Team USA to a 4-3 victory and a berth in tomorrow’s gold medal game.
With the U.S. trailing 2-1 in that shootout and the final shooter (and Russia’s leading scorer), Kirill Kaprizov bearing down on him, the Chesterfield, Michigan and Memorial Cup champion came through, getting enough of the puck to deflect it away and push the shootout to sudden death.
When Alexander Polunin failed to score in round seven, the door was open for Troy Terry, who moved in and buried his third goal of the shootout to give the U.S. their first victory of Russia in eight medal round games.
Parsons was named Team USA’s Player of the Game, after making 33 saves on 36 shots in regulation and overtime.
Team Russia opened the scoring on a goal by Minnesota Wild draft pick, Kirill Kaprizov, who took a drop pass behind the U.S. net and wrapped the puck around and underneath Parsons.
The period continued at a furious pace until Team USA tied the game in the final minute. After some good puck possession in the Russian zone, Coyotes’ prospect and Windsor Spitfires’ draft pick, Clayton Keller fired a shot from the corner off Colin White and into the net.
Russia restored their lead just 1:17 into the second period as Denis Guryanov hammered home a rebound in front and it was 2-1.
Parsons was shaken up after taking a hip to the head following a rebound save, but stayed in the game and helped to set up the tying goal on a U.S. power play. Parsons fed the puck up the ice and three passes later, it was in the Russian net, going from Kitchener Ranger forward, Jeremy Bracco to Jordan Greenway and finally to Luke Kunin.
Team USA took the lead for the first time in the game on White’s second of the game as he skated off the left boards, into the slot and wristed a puck past Samsonov. White is a first round pick of the Ottawa Senators.
Keller’s speed led to him being awarded a penalty shot just over five minutes into the third period, but he was denied by the glove of Samsonov, keeping the score 3-2.
Guryanov changed that less than a minute later when he caught up to a loose puck, got in alone and deked Parsons to make it 3-3.
Things stayed that way until overtime where the United States came closest as Joey Anderson hit the crossbar and then rolled over onto another attempt by Anderson.
Russia put the United States on the ropes in the shootout, forcing Parsons to stop Kirill Kaprizov to send it to sudden death, and he did.
Troy Terry scored his third shootout goal in the seventh round of the shootout to win it. Team USA will face Canada or Sweden in the gold medal game.
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