STORRS, Conn. – UConn sophomore Tage Thompson (Orange, Conn.) and Team USA took home the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship thanks to a shootout win over Canada in Thursday night’s final from the Centre Bell Arena in Montreal.
The U.S. rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits and Troy Terry (Univ. of Denver) provided the game-winner in the shootout to beat Team Canada, 5-4, and claim the gold medal. Goaltender Tyler Parsons made 46 saves and stopped all five Canadian players in the shootout.
UConn’s Thompson picked-up an assist in the win, helping the U.S. tie the game at 2-2 in the second period on Kieffer Bellows (Boston University) power play goal.
In the tournament, Thompson played in all seven games and finished with a goal and four assists for five points. His goal proved to be the game-winner in an opening round 5-2 win over Slovakia. The U.S. was a perfect 4-0 in the preliminary round of play, beating Latvia, 6-1, Slovakia, 5-2, Russia, 3-2, and Canada, 3-1.
In the knock out stage, Team USA opened with a 3-2 win over Switzerland in the quarterfinal round and then took down Russia in the semifinals, 4-3, in a shootout.
Thompson was joined at the World Juniors by freshman teammate Adam Huska (Zvolen, Slovakia), who played for Team Slovakia. Huska appeared in five games, making 103 saves. He picked up a win over Latvia making 22 saves to send his country into the quarterfinals. Against Team Canada, Huska made 39 saves for his team.
Thompson will now return to the Huskies where he leads the team in points (20) and goals (12) in 20 games this season. Huska returns after playing 10 games in the first half with a 2.54 goals against and a .926 save percentage.