It was closer than you’d expect – if, say, a video game simulated the match – but Canada’s bounty of talent was too much for the United States.
Ryan Ellis‘ booming shot ended up being the decisive tally as the Canadians beat the U.S. 4-3 on Saturday, advancing to the gold medal round of the worlds against Finland.
The United States takes on Russia for the bronze, with both games taking place on Sunday.
As this post illustrates, the U.S. made things interesting. Canada built a 2-0 lead, then Auston Matthews began the charge with three straight goals. Derick Brassard‘s power-play goal seemed to settle things down for the favorites, however.
Ultimately, that Ellis score was the difference:
Canada’s loaded roster (boasting the likes of Connor McDavid, Corey Perry, Taylor Hall and Matt Duchene) means that they’ll face a scrappy upstart once more tomorrow. If today’s game is any indication, it could be a lot of fun.
(And the same may be true of Russia vs. the U.S.)