Local Products Lead Team USA to Gold
The Pittsburgh-area players played a huge role in leading Team USA to the gold at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.
|John Gibson (@johngibson35) tweeted this photo of him and teammate J.T. Miller with their gold medals.|
Local products John Gibson, J.T. Miller, Vince Trocheck and Riley Barber helped the U.S. defeat defending champion Sweden, 3-1, in the tournament's gold medal game on Saturday. Trocheck scored an empty-net goal late in the third period to ice the victory and added an assist in the contest. Overall, Trocheck netted six points (3G-3A) in the tournament.
Gibson, who started all seven of Team USA’s games, was named tournament MVP, best goalie and goalie for the media all-star team as he finished with a .955 save percentage and 1.36 goals-against average.
Gibson’s .955 save percentage is the new record for a U.S. goaltender in this tournament, surpassing the previous high of .944 set by Al Montoya in 2004.
Miller served as an alternate captain for the U.S. and played a crucial role on the team’s top line, centering Jim Vesey and John Gaudreau. Miller finished the tournament with nine points (2G-7A) in seven contests, including an assist on Trocheck's goal on Saturday.
Barber finished with six points (3G-3A) in the tournament.