U.S. takes gold at WJAC

By League Press Release

The U.S. Junior Select Team won the championship at the World Junior A Challenge, defeating the Canada East 6-4 to earn the gold medal in Penticton, British Columbia.  It was the third straight gold for the U.S. at the tournament.

The U.S. team show resiliency as they had to come from behind to claim the gold.  After falling behind 4-1, they scored the next five goals to earn the victory.  Jimmy Mullin (Fargo Force) scored the game-winner, his sixth of the tournament which led all players in goal scoring.  Austin Czarnik (Green Bay Gamblers) scored two goals to spark the comeback. 

Seth Ambroz (Omaha Lancers) had the first goal of the game for Team USA.  Sam Warning (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) also scored while Michael Parks (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) sealed the win with an empty net goal.  Goaltender Casey DeSmith (Indiana Ice) came on in relief during the second period and stopped all eight shots he faced to earn the victory.

Defenseman Scott Mayfield (Youngstown Phantoms) was named to the All-Tournament Team and also named MVP of the World Junior A Challenge.  Mullin also earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

The U.S. Junior Select Team was made up of 22 players from the USHL and led by a trio of USHL coaches.

Team USA finished with a perfect 4-0-0-0 record on their way to gold.  Including a pre-tournament exhibition game, the U.S. squad defeated teams from Canada four times on Canadian soil. 

In addition to the U.S., five teams competed in the World Junior A Challenge; Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Canada East, and Canada West.

Road to Gold

Date                                        Opponent                   Result

Saturday, November 6th         Canada West (ex.)      W, 5-3

Monday, November 8th          Canada East               W, 6-1

Wednesday, November 10th Sweden                       W, 5-1

Saturday, November 13th       Canada West              W, 5-1 semifinals

Sunday, November 14th         Canada East               W, 6-4 gold medal game

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