If they were looking for redemption, they got it.

In the fifth meeting of its kind between Canada and USA, Team USA has secured the gold medal in the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The clash of the proverbial hockey titans took place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta to cap off a very different World Juniors tournament.

In the midst of a global pandemic and flurry of bubbles, masks, and isolation, the hockey world’s rising stars shone bright on both of the rival teams, hammering home one thing: no matter what the circumstance, these kids were here to play.

USA’s Alex Turcotte was the first to open scoring in the gold-medal bout, with the second period seeing the Americans up 2-0 with a goal from Zegras.

Though Canada dominated the shot clock in the third period, USA still ended coming up with the win in a final score of 2-0.

This evening’s triumph adds one more to the tally of USA’s three gold medals in the last decade.

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