Pittsburgh's impact felt as U.S. wins World Junior gold - 01-05-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Ducks goaltending prospect John Gibson (above, stopping Sweden's Elias Lindholm), a native of Whitehall, made 26 saves for the United States in a 3-1 victory against Sweden in the gold medal game of the World Junior Championships at Ufa, Russia.

The United States claimed the gold medal at the tournament for the second time in four years. The United States' previous win came in 2010. Overall, it's the third gold medal for the U.S. The previous one came in 2004.

Panthers forward prospect Vince Trocheck, a native of Upper St. Clair, added a goal and an assist for the United States. His goal came on an empty net late in regulation to secure the victory.

Rangers forward prospect J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio) recorded an assist while Capitals forward prospect Riley Barber (Washington, Pa.) had four shots on net.

Gibson appeared in seven games during the tournament and finished with a 5-2 record along with a 1.36 goals against average and tournament best .955 save percentage. He also recorded one shutout. He was named MVP and top goaltender of the tournament.

In seven games, Miller was third on the United States in scoring with nine points (two goals, seven assists). Barber and Trocheck each recorded six points (three goals, three assists) in seven games.

In the bronze medal game, Penguins defensive prospect Scott Harrington recorded an assist for Canada which lost to host Russia, 6-5 in overtime. In six games, Harrington had two assists.

EN Says: What an amazing day for not only hockey in the United States but hockey in Pittsburgh as well.

Barber, Gibson, Miller and Trocheck, all products of the hockey boom we've experienced in Western Pennsylvania the past 25 years, played significan roles in this triumph. Normally, you would see the United States' roster populated by kids from New England or Minnesota or Michigan. To have four kids from our backyard on this team - a gold medal team - astounding.

If you're a fan of hockey in Western Pennsylvania, not just the Penguins mind you, celebrate. This is arguably one of the greatest days in the history of this sport in Pittsburgh.

(Photo: Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

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