Halifax Mooseheads Captain Justin Barron and the rest of Team Canada will attempt to capture a Gold Medal tonight at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton, AB when they face off with the United States.
Barron, who has two assists in the tournament, is the eighth player in Mooseheads history to suit up for Canada at the tournament and will try to become the third member of the organization to win Gold following in the footsteps of Jared McIsaac and Raphael Lavoie from last year’s squad.
Canada has marched through the event unscathed with a perfect 6-0 record to this point with 41 goals scored compared to just four against. They shutout the Czech Republic 3-0 in the quarter-finals before skating past Russia 5-0 in Monday’s semi-finals. The Americans went 3-and-1 in the round robin before dumping Slovakia 5-2 in the quarter-finals and squeaking by Finland 4-3 in an exciting semi-final battle that saw them score the game-winning goal with 76 seconds remaining in regulation.
The game will pit the two top scorers of the tournament against one another as Buffalo Sabres prospect Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes) leads Canada vs Anaheim Ducks prospect Trevor Zegras of the USA. Both players have 16 points this year while both scored nine points respectively in the 2020 tournament.
The puck drops tonight at 10:30pm AST.