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GAMEDAY: USA and Canada Square Off in Gold-Medal Match

By USA Hockey, 01/05/21, 7:45AM EST


Puck drops at 9:30pm ET on NHL Network, U.S. Looks to Win Fifth Gold Medal

EDMONTON, Alberta – All of the hard work, preparation, sacrifice and team building has led to this: a gold medal game between the United States and Canada.

The U.S. holds the advantage over Canada since 2016, with a 2-2-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record, including the 2017 tournament in which the American squad defeated Canada in a gold-medal shootout. Troy Terry played hero for the U.S. squad scoring the shootout-winner for the second consecutive night, while Tyler Parsons stood tall in the American net.

Both teams enter tonight’s contest with tournament-leading offensive production and goaltending. The teams rank first and second in goals scored and team shutouts. However, the United States power play unit (42.86%) holds the advantage over Canada (33.33%), and could be the difference-maker in tonight’s game.

Tonight will be the first matchup for the United States against Canada since last year’s preliminary matchup that Canada won, 6-4. The U.S. will look to extend its gold-medal head-to-head advantage over Canada, which stands at 3-1.

Today’s Opponent: Canada

The United States is 3-1 against Canada all-time in gold-medal games, including its most recent gold medal victory in 2017. Canada holds a significant advantage over the U.S. in all-time matchups, however, Team USA holds a 2-2-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record over Canada in its last five games, outscoring the Canadians, 20-15. All five games were decided by two goals or less.

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