Mason Bergh tied the game with just 1:43 to go, and Thomas Novak scored on the power play 4:56 into overtime to give the U.S. its third gold medal in a row, and sixth in seven years, despite a tournament-record 60 saves by George Sorensen.
Ilya Samsonov set a World Junior A Challenge record for saves in a shutout with 46, Kirill Kaprizov scored the winner early in the first period, Denis Guryanov added insurance in the third, and Russia won the bronze medal by blanking the Canadians.
Sandro Forrer and Tino Kessler scored the game-tying and game-winning goals 50 seconds apart in the third period, capping Switzerland’s comeback from a two-goal deficit to earn fifth place. Sheldon Rempal had both goals for the Canadians.
Thomas Novak finished with a goal and an assist, seven different players scored goals and 12 recorded at least a point as the U.S. opened up a 5-1 lead after one period and earned the right to defend its gold medal by beating the Canadians.
Oliver Bjorkstrand had a pair of goals, including the game-winner, Mikkel Aagaard and Nikolaj Ehlers added two assists apiece and the Danes advanced to the gold medal game in their World Junior A Challenge debut with a semifinal victory.
Blade Mann-Dixon made 38 saves in a spectacular performance, Alex Tonge scored the game-winner on the power play early in the third period and East beat West for the first time ever to advance to Thursday’s semifinals.
Nikolai Chebyakin’s second goal of the game near the seven-minute mark of the second period stood up as the game-winner as the Russians advanced to a semifinal showdown with Denmark by beating the Swiss.
Tyson Jost scored once in regulation and got the winner in the shootout, Gabe Bast also scored, Tommy Nixon made 32 saves and Canada West ended the preliminary round with a victory to set up an all-Canadian quarter-final.
Shane Gersich tipped in the game-winning goal with just 2.5 seconds to go in the third period, and the Americans scored twice in the final 91 seconds to edge the Canadians, clinch first in Group A and book their semifinal berth.
Eric Schierhorn made 24 saves for the shutout, Anthony Angello had a goal and three assists, Andrew Oglevie scored twice and added a helper, and the Americans opened their gold medal defence with a one-sided win over the Swiss.
Nikolaj Ehlers had a hat trick – running his total to five goals in two games – and Denmark earned its second victory in less than 24 hours, beating Russia to clinch first place in Group B and earn a bye into Thursday’s semifinals.
First-round NHL draft pick Nikolaj Ehlers scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner with just three minutes to go, and Denmark survived a two-goal Canada West comeback to win in its World Junior A Challenge debut.
August Impose scored the lone goal in the shootout, Joren Van Pottelberghe made 43 saves in regulation and overtime (and three more in the shootout), and Switzerland erased a pair of one-goal deficits to edge Canada East.
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