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It may not have been the golden goose rivalry rematch 2018 World Junior Championship organizers dreamt up a day earlier, but Canada vs. Sweden didn’t disappoint in Friday’s gold medal game.
The powerhouse nations were tied 1-1 until unsung hero Tyler Steenbergen deflected a point shot from Conor Timmins to put Canada ahead 2-1 with 1:40 to play. An Alex Formenton empty-net goal moments later sealed the game and the Canadians’ first gold medal since 2015.
Steenbergen, a fifth-round draft pick by the Coyotes in 2017, has 35 goals in 27 games this season with the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos, but hadn’t played much at the world juniors and had just one assist all tournament.
This wasn’t the team Canada expected to win gold. Lacking its usual assortment of star power, the Canadians make up for it with strength in numbers. Sure, there’s no Connor McDavid or John Tavares to captain the golden charge, but the roster is littered with high-energy players, all of whom fit a certain role.