In the end, the only thing that got past Spencer Knight was a faulty stick and a little later a flinging Drew Helleson at the pucks, Team USA’s goalkeeper was perfect in the gold medal game, stopping all 34 shots of a Canadian cadre who had been a juggernaut – until the final

There is never a player who wins a championship and Knight was well supported Tournament MVP Trevor Zegras stood out again, contributing to both goals in the 2-0 win while the Americans as a team did what none Another squad of the world’s juniors: They kept Canada off the middle of the ice and narrowed the scoring chances of an incredibly dangerous opponent

The Defense Corps, which wasn’t seen as a strong suit before the tournament started – especially when Alex Vlasic was sidelined due to the pandemic – was excellent.This blueline unit has strengthened as a whole, but it was tough, not a fantastic individual See efforts by Captain Cam York (PHI) and Helleson (COL)

But in the end the player of the game for the Americans was rightly Knight The Florida Panthers first classic has always been an elite netminding perspective and he has proven why against Canada apart from an off-game against Russia at the start of the Tournament Knight was virtually unbeatable. His three shutouts that year set an American junior world record, while his donut in the finals was the first shutout in the medal round in American WJC history

“Spencer, he’s only elite,” said coach Nate Leaman. “He had a tough first game and we had to get him back on track. Between him and ‘Z’ (Zegras), they were our best players and we were tonight needed him tonight “

While Canada’s Devon Levi stole many of the goalkeeping headlines during the tournament, Knight is the future netminder for the Panthers, assuming Sergei Bobrovsky doesn’t play his entire contract in South Florida

Knight, like the majority of Team USA, hailed from the National Team Development Program, where he was a top-end even as a developing teenager. He’s still developing to be fair, but as a freshman at Boston College in the past This season he has proven that he is ready for the best the Hockey East conference can throw at him, and scored an impressive 931 percent save and 197 goals against average that season, in four games with the Eagles he with an even better 955 percent save and 150 goals against the average Leaman, who coaches conference rival Providence College, saw the knight be there up close

In the gold medal game he showed why he is so stingy Knight is not only 6-foot-3 and athletic, he also plays right in front of the puck and does not panic Canada had some A-1 that evening Scoring opportunities, from an early run on Bowen Byram to a Connor McMichael runaway in the third period that could have completely changed the look of the game, but Knight made sure it wasn’t

Canada didn’t give up in the final: while Team USA carried parts of the game, the Canadians raved in the third period, leaving the Americans behind 15-1.But Knight (and the team that defends in front of him) would just go don’t give in. It was the kind of effort you need from a netminder when you are playing for gold, and he definitely made it

“Knight closed the door,” said Canada’s Dylan Cozens. “We did what we could – we had opportunities”

Team USA have won their fifth junior gold and third gold in the past nine years.Canada and Finland have also won three in that time, and with all of these countries adding more exciting players to their squads in the years to come, the battle will be to make gold no easier But when you have a goalkeeper like Knight in your fold, at least you can count the odds of being in your favor

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