There will be no gold medal for Jack Campbell and Team USA at the World Junior Championship this year. Canada beat the USA 4-1 in the semifinals Monday night in Buffalo, New York and will take on Russia for the gold medal.
The Canadians dictated play from the start, scored 2:38 into the game to take the lead and never looked back. Canada held a 41-23 shots advantage in the game.
“They really came out and brought their ‘A’ game,” Campbell told reporters after the game. “In the locker room it’s pretty disappointing right now. … Canada came out and was the better team.”
Campbell was outstanding in net for the Americans, stopping 37 of 41 shots and making several spectacular saves to keep his team close until Canada made it a 4-0 score on a Zack Kassian breakaway goal early in the third period. Campbell was named the Player of the Game for the United States.
"Jack I think was the one player on our team tonight that played to his potential," said Team USA coach Keith Allain. "That's going to carry him a long way. He's a great kid. He's a great goaltender. He competes right to the last whistle. I'm glad we had him in the net for us tonight."
Campbell, the Stars’ first round pick (11th overall) in the 2010 NHL draft, is 4-1-0 with a 1.63 goals against average and a .940 save percentage in the tournament.
Flower Mound’s Chris Brown scored the only goal for the USA, tallying on the power play with 10:23 remaining.
Team USA will play Sweden for the bronze medal on Wednesday.
Nemeth, Klingberg will play for bronze as Sweden falls
Stars defense prospects Patrik Nemeth and John Klingberg will play Jack Campbell and Team USA for the bronze medal at the World Juniors.
Nemeth and Klingberg’s Swedish team lost in the semifinals Monday, falling 4-3 in a shootout to Russia. The Swedes rallied from a 2-0 deficit and took a 3-2 lead when they scored on the power play with 3:19 remaining. The Russians bounced back, tying the game with 1:27 remaining. Then, after a scoreless 10 minute overtime, Russia’s Denis Golubev scored the lone goal of the shootout.
Nemeth had no points, one shot and a minus-3 rating in the game. Klingberg had no points, one shot and was even in the game.
The bronze medal game will be Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. on the NHL Network in the United States. The gold medal game between Canada and Russia will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and will also be carried on the NHL Network in the U.S.
Stars prospects at World Junior Championship
Stats for Dallas Stars prospects playing at the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo