Canada defeated Iroquois 13-10 in the WJLC championship game on Sunday night to capture their second-straight Gold Medal. It was a game of runs with both Canada and Iroquois going back-and-forth all game Canada was able to hold on after a few big runs to secure the win and capture gold.
The game started with a lot of back-and-forth play early on as both goalies stood tall through the first few minutes of the game. Owen Hill finally broke the ice, getting Iroquois on the board first with just 12:43 in the first. Hill’s goal was the first of a five-goal run throughout the first quarter for Iroquois.
Iroquois dominated the first quarter on both ends of the floor, and while moving at a pace that Canada seemed to have a difficult time adjusting too. Also, Gagr King made some insane stops to blank Canada in the first.
Sam LeClair finally got Canada on the board early in the second, ripping one from the outside during a 4v4 situation. Just a few minutes later Kenan Pilon got Canada their second goal of the game in another 4v4 situation, cutting the Iroquois lead to 5-2. Canada pushed their run to six goals to take a 6-5 lead heading into the half.
After some heavy defensive play to start the third quarter Isaiah Skidders finally got Iroquois back on the board, tying things up at 6 with 11:55 in the period. Jeremy Bomberry gave Iroquois back the 7-6 lead less than a minute later, using a great screen to rip one from the outside.
Canada answered with Sam LeClair dunking it in from behind the goal, tying things up at 7. Canada scored two more late in the third to grab a 9-7 lead and give them a ton of momentum heading into the fourth.
Early in the fourth, Canada continued their run as they extended their lead to 10-7. Iroquois was able to get settled in once again, but Canada ultimately was able to stay ahead and walk away victorious in this one.