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Canada forced to settle for silver as stifling U.S. team wins world juniors

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Canada was held without a goal as the U.S. won the world junior championship gold-medal game 2-0 on Tuesday night in Edmonton.

Players from the United States celebrate following their 2-0 win over Canada in the gold-medal game at the world juniors on Tuesday. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

The United States derailed the previously undefeated Canadian juggernaut, beating the host squad 2-0 Tuesday to capture the gold medal at the world junior hockey championship.

The U.S. players poured over the bench as the buzzer sounded, tossing sticks and gloves aloft in an empty Rogers Place. The tournament was played with no fans in the stands to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

U.S. winger Trevor Zegras led the way, scoring a goal and adding an assist. American goaltender Spencer Knight, a 2019 top pick by the Florida Panthers, turned aside 34 shots for his third shutout of the tournament, tying the record set by Canada’s Devon Levi this year and by Justin Pogge in 2006.

It’s the first gold medal for the Americans since they won it all in 2017.

WATCH | Zegras leads U.S. past Canada for world junior gold:

American star Trevor Zegras scored early in the second period to give the United States a 2-0 lead at the world junior hockey championship. 1:00

Canada took home the silver medal. Finland defeated Russia 4-1 earlier Tuesday to win bronze.

Zegras, a 2019 first-round draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks, was the top scorer of the tournament (seven goals, 11 assists).

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