USA vs. Sweden IIHF World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game Thread

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Game thread for the IHHF U-20 Gold Medal Game between Team USA and Team Sweden.

It's been far too long since we've had a game thread here at the site, so we decided today's gold medal game was the perfect occasion to talk hockey again here at Five for Howling. . While today's game doesn't involve the Coyotes, it does involve a Coyotes prospect. The Desert Dog's 2011 1st round pick Connor Murphy is playing defense for Team USA.

The United States last won the U-20 World Championships in 2010, while the Swedes won last year's tournament. If you haven't been watching this year's tourney prior to today's matchup we'll give you a couple of players to look out for. Anaheim draftee John Gibson has been stellar in goal for the U.S., while his teammate Calgary draftee Johnny Gaudreau has been on a tear the last three games. Gaudreau leads the tournament with 7 goals. For Sweden you'll want to keep your eye on captain Filip Forsberg. He's a Washington prospect dripping with skill. While Russia's tandem, Canada's Malcolm Subban, and Ginson have been the most talked about netminders, Sweden's Niklas Lundstrom, a St. Louis prospect, has quietly had a good tournament. He's ranked third in the tournament with a .931 save percentage. If you want an in depth preview of the game check out this one from Chris Peters at The United States of Hockey.

Post your thoughts on this morning's contest in the comments section as usual.

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