Team Canada won its 17th gold medal at the world juniors Friday night and did so in dramatic fashion against Sweden when Tyler Steenbergen scored the go-ahead goal with 100 seconds remaining in the third period of a 1-1 game.
Canada went 0-for-6 on the power play despite scoring 13 goals on 23 opportunities with the man advantage in the tournament prior to the final, and even allowed a shorthanded goal to Sweden, but managed to secure its second WJC gold in the past four years with a 3-1 victory after Alex Formenton buried an empty-netter.
Steenbergen, a 2017 fifth-round pick of the Arizona Coyotes, scored off a beautiful pass from defenceman Conor Timmins and the Team Canada bench and the thousands of fans donning red and white in the KeyBank Center erupted with elation.
That’s also the type of reaction we saw on social media. Here’s a sample of the Twitter reaction Canada’s win generated.
— #WorldJuniors (@HC_WJC) January 6, 2018
— Curtis Lazar (@CurtisLazar95) January 6, 2018
By far, our favourite Steenbergen goal ever!! https://t.co/8IaRqBdRJ4
— Regina Pats (@WHLPats) January 6, 2018
Probably the only time we celebrated a goal from this guy… but great job Tyler and the rest of Team Canada!! https://t.co/WL7UQyWyk8
— Saskatoon Blades (@BladesHockey) January 6, 2018
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) January 6, 2018
Congratulations to the champs! pic.twitter.com/Z9c7Y1i616
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) January 6, 2018
— U SPORTS (@USPORTSca) January 6, 2018
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 6, 2018
— Mayor Brian Bowman (@Mayor_Bowman) January 6, 2018
Way to go Canada!! Gold baby! #WJC2018
— Christine Simpson (@SNChrisSimpson) January 6, 2018
— ashley (@shleytaylor_) January 6, 2018
TRUE. NORTH. STRONG.
— Toronto SportsGirl (@TO_sportsgirl) January 6, 2018