Team USA faced a game Finland squad in the gold medal game at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, but the U.S. had just enough in the tank, plus an overtime hero, to come out on top, 2-1. Forward Colin White scored the gold medal-winning goal for the U.S. a day after netting a hat trick against Team Canada in the semifinals.
The low-scoring game was in contrast to most of the USA’s tournament, with the Americans having scored 44 goals in six games prior to the gold medal showdown with Finland. The first place finish was Team USA’s second straight gold medal win at this tournament, as well as their sixth in seven years.
White finished among the top 10 scorers at this U18, finishing with six goals and three assists in seven games. The game was his last as a member of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, and he’ll now be heading off to Boston College next fall.
White is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, and has the potential to be chosen in the first round of the draft. NHL Central Scouting ranked White 29th in their final rankings after having ranked him 27th in their midterm release.
Hockey’s Future spoke with a happy White after the gold medal win, a conversation captured in this HF video.