Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Rocco Grimaldi, USA

By Chapin Landvogt

Rocco Grimaldi - USA

Photo: USA forward and Florida Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi poses with his gold medal after the USA's 3-1 win over Sweden at the 2013 World Juniors, a game in which Grimaldi netted two goals (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

While he no doubt would have preferred to have contributed more offense earlier in the tournament, USA forward Rocco Grimaldi could not have picked a better game to net his first two goals of the 2013 World Junior Championship.

That game, of course, was the gold medal tilt with Sweden, a game the USA won 3-1, helping that country to bring home the gold for the first time since 2010. Grimaldi scored the first two goals of the game for Team USA, after they had fallen behind Sweden, 1-0. Neither goal was a thing of beauty, with one coming from a bad angle and the other bouncing in off of his body. But they counted all the same, and helped bring the USA only their third gold medal ever at this event.

Grimaldi, who plays for the University of North Dakota and is a prospect of the Florida Panthers, tallied just four points in the tournament – his two goals in the gold medal game, plus two assists earlier in this WJC. He finished with a +4 rating for the six games played, and registered 15 shots on goal.

Grimaldi talked about the USA's gold medal win and about his season following the victory over Sweden.