Dallas Stars defensive prospect Joseph Cecconi helped the United States claim the gold medal with a 5-4 victory against Canada in the World Junior Championship game.
The United States scored the only goal in the shootout after a wildly entertaining 80-minutes of hockey. Both teams had chances in a 20-minute overtime, but both goalies helped force a shootout.
Cecconi had 33 shifts for 25 minutes, 58 seconds of ice time in the championship game. Cecconi had a quiet but effective tournament and was a reliable defensive defenseman throughout the tournament.
He finished the tournament with two assists and was plus-1 in seven games.
Stars forward prospect Denis Gurianov scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Russia defeated Sweden 2-1 in the bronze medal game.
Russia wins the bronze in OT pic.twitter.com/SGtL5rhkmc
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) January 5, 2017
Gurianov was dominant in the medal round and had three goals in his final two games. Gurianov also scored a pair of goals in the shootout in a semifinal loss to the United States on Wednesday.
Gurianov finished the tournament with four goals and three assists in seven games. He will return to the AHL this weekend and could be back in the Texas Stars lineup on Saturday.
Fredrik Karlstrom had 16 shifts and 13:36 TOI for the Swedes in the loss to Russia. Karlstrom had one goal and two assists in seven game in the tournament.