The defense for Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship has been very offensive, in a good way. The seven defensemen that have suited up for that country have totaled 10 goals and 17 assists so far in the tournament, with only the gold medal game left to contest.
Perhaps no points from a defender were more inportant to the USA's gold medal chances than the two goals scored by team captain Jake McCabe in that team's 5-1 win over Canada in the WJC semi-finals. McCabe, who attends the University of Wisconsin and is a prospect of the Buffalo Sabres, scored the first two goals of the game against Canada to get his team off on the right foot.
For the tournament, McCabe has notched three goals and added three assists in six games. He has also provided some physical play that led to 16 penalty minutes, while his +7 rating ties McCabe for the tournament lead with USA teammate Seth Jones and Finland's Ville Pokka.
McCabe met with the media following his USA Player of the Game performance against Canada, with some of those comments captured in this HF video.
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