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Carlson's Goal Gives USA Gold in World Juniors

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, January 6, 2010

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan - John Carlson scored in overtime to give the

United States a 6-5 victory over Canada in the world junior hockey

championship on Tuesday night.

Carlson beat goaltender Martin Jones on a 3-on-1 after U.S. goalie Jack

Campbell made a save at the other end. It was the second goal of the

game for Carlson, on loan to the U.S. team by his American Hockey League

team in Hershey.

Canada was trying to win the tournament for a record sixth consecutive

time. Tuesday's final was the first between the two countries since

2004, when the U.S. rallied in Helsinki, Finland, for its first gold

medal in the tournament.

Chris Kreider, Jordan Schroeder, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Jerry

D'Amigo and team captain Derek Stepan also scored for the U.S., who had

underachieved in this tournament in recent years with bigger names and

more first-round draft picks in the lineup.

"I'm ecstatic," said Rensselaer coach Seth Appert. "Not just for Jerry

but for USA Hockey."

D'Amigo scored a goal that broke a 3-3 tie from the left circle early in

the third period, then stole the puck and set up another goal to give USA

a 5-3 advantage.

RPI sophomore goalie Allen York is a Westakiwin, Alberta native, but he

was "very happy for Jerry. I was cheering for him the whole time I

wanted Jerry (not Canada) to win."

"When D'Amigo scored, I was jumping around the room," York said. "I was

on top of a table at that time."

"Half the team was cheering for Canada, half for the U.S.," York said.

"It was pretty intense."

The U.S. held a selection camp prior to this tournament for the first

time instead of simply selecting 22 players for the team.

Canada has held selection camps for decades and the practice seemed to

help the U.S. as it played a more cohesive team game in the tournament.

Canada never led in the championship, but Jordan Eberle scored a pair of

goals in the final three minutes to force overtime.

Luke Adam, Greg Nemisz and Taylor Hall also scored for Canada in front of

a sellout crowd of 15,171 at Credit Union Centre.

The entire RPI team had gathered to watch the game.

"Oh, my gosh, it was amazing, one of the greatest games I've ever seen,"

said RPI captain John Kennedy, an American.

When D'Amigo scored the go-ahead goal, said Kennedy, "the entire room

erupted - even the Canadians."

"It was amazing," said Kennedy. "Everybody on the team was thrilled for

Jerry."

"We're all anxious to see that gold medal when Jerry brings it to the

(Houston Field House)." Appert concluded.