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The Gold Medal Shootout

It’s not every day we get to see Canada and USA face-off against each other, so when it’s for a gold medal that the most famous junior hockey tournament in the world, expectations are high. Canada came out of the gate flying, pleasing the home crowd with two first period goals. With the highly talented Americans, it was only a matter of time before they came back to tie up the game at 2. This made for one of the most exciting 3rd periods the tournament has ever seen. Canada went on to take a 4-2 lead but once again, the Americans knotted the game back up at four. the teams went on to play the most exciting overtime junior     hockey has seen. The teams went up and down the ice with breathtaking scoring chances at both ends, but both net minders held their ground with a little help from some d-men. unsettled after a 20 minute overtime, the ideal situation would be to have another 20 minute overtime until one team scored to take home the gold as the worlds best junior hockey team. Unfortunately, IIHF decided the best way to determine which team is better, is to have a shootout. That’s right. handout multiple penalty shots and which ever team scores more goals wins, because that is obviously the best way to decide who the championship team is. These 18 and 19 year old kids have grown up dreaming of this moment, and all those dreams end because the Americans scored one more goal than them in a shootout. USA did not win the gold medal game. The goal medal game ended in a tie. The Americans won the gold medal shootout. Imagine the NBA championship was decided by foul shots? Or the world series championship was decided by a home run derby? It just doesn’t make sense. It’s not fair to the players, the coaches, the fans and to the sport. It takes away from the game and no championship should ever be won in a shootout.