While there isn't just one element that contributes to a gold medal win at the World Junior Championship, one thing that is almost always needed to complete the feat is strong goaltending. And right now at the 2013 edition of this tournament, it appears that Team USA has that element locked up heading into the gold medal game.
USA goaltender John Gibson has been a pillar of strength for his team throughout this WJC. His latest strong performance came against gold medal favorite Canada in the teams' semi-final match. Gibson faced 34 shots and stopped all but one of them, helping to lead the USA to a 5-1 win that moves them on to face Sweden for WJC gold.
Gibson, who plays for the OHL's Kitchener Rangers and is a prospect of the Anaheim Ducks, has been the top goaltender at this tournament. He currently tops both the goals-against average and save percentage categories with a 1.42 goals-against and a .954 save percentage through six games.
And, although he was relatively quiet for the USA in the win versus Canada, forward Alex Galchenyuk has been producing offense over the course of this WJC, picking up two goals and six assists in his six games played.
Gibson and Galchenyuk talk about their win over Canada and about facing the Swedes for the gold in this HF video.
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