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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
There's Always Next Year
Tonight was a very exciting night in the world of Canadian hockey. It was the World Junior Hockey finals in Saskatoon. It was an exciting game all the way through, teams Canada and USA looked fairly evenly matched. It was a fast paced game and ended up being fairly high scoring. With only a few minutes left USA was up 5-3, some people would have thought it was over, that there was no hope. But here in Canada, we never let up, after all hockey is our sport, so the boys picked up their game, and scored a beauty! Then we were really running low on time, still down a goal, but that doesn't discourage these players. Not long after goal four, the tying goal is scored. Wow, what a comeback! The buzzer goes to signal end of period, but that's not the last of this game. We're headed into overtime, 5 goals a piece. A Saskatchewan boy himself, Jordan Eberle scored 2 out of the 5 goals in this game, which earned him the title of highest all time Canadian goal scorer in this World Juniors tournament. Eberle is an amazing hockey player, he can always pick up his game when needed the most, he has speed, quick hands and great game smarts. He is also a leader on this young team, as this is his second year with team Canada.
Anyways back to the game. We head into sudden death overtime, both teams are so pumped, and want to win this more than anything, so they come out fast and strong. There were many chances for both teams, lots of shots on net, even some posts and crossbars. One centimeter up, down, left or right, and it could have been all over, but no pucks in the back of the net. With less than 5 minutes left in overtime, Canada gets a really great scoring chance, however an American player picks up the rebound and takes it down the ice. It is now a three on one, and.... I'm not even going to finish this. But Canada ends up with a silver medal. Not exactly the way we would have liked it to end of course, but we have a lot to be proud of! Canada has won this tournament 5 years in a row, this year was going for 6. That is a long streak and is very impressive. We are proud of you boys, you played like champs all throughout the tournament. Anyways, there's always next year, we can take them in their home. We are Canadian, and hockey is our sport!