Here at Integral Hockey, had mixed feelings about the outcome of this game, as half of our Franchisees/Distributors are Canadian and half are American. There’s no doubt that a few friendly cross-border bets were placed during this classic winter tournament, though no one anticipated such a close outcome in the end.
USA defeated Canada 5-4 in a shooutout – a real nail biter. No matter which team you were cheering for, there is no argument that this was one of the most exciting World Juniors hockey games ever played. Both countries should be excited for the prospects coming up the pipeline.
Takeaways from the tournament:
Troy Terry is a
shootout five-hole specialist.
Troy Terry’s the guy who tells you what he’s going in Rock, Paper, Scissors and still wins.
— Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) January 6, 2017
Troy Terry beats Russia with his third goal in the shootout. USA advances to gold medal game pic.twitter.com/m6XBLHIk9y
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) January 4, 2017
Ottawa Senators fans should be trilled about Thomas Chabot. His poise showed that he has what it takes to be a real NHL defenceman. Tournament MVP came as no surprise.
Ticket pricing and/or packaging needs to be adjusted. Too often in this tournament we saw teams playing in front of only a handful of spectators. Even Latvia needs some love in this tournament, so why set their ticket prices the same as a Canada game?