Riley Barber is in the second row, directly to the left of the cup. (Photo credit: Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)
Washington Capitals prospect Riley Barber and Team USA upset Filip Forsberg and Christian Djoos of the defending champion Team Sweden 3-1 on Saturday to win the 2013 World Junior Championships. This is the first time that the USA has won the tournament since 2010, when some guy named John Carlson scored in sudden-death overtime.
Team USA was led in the title game by John Gibson, named best goalie of the tournament with a .955 save percentage, and Rocco Grimaldi, who scored two goals. Former Caps defenseman Phil Housley, in his first year coaching Team USA, was the victorious head coach. Assistant Grant Potulny, who scored 19 goals in 50 games during the 2007-08 season for the Hershey Bears, also won gold as an assistant coach.
Highlights are below.
None of the three Caps prospects who played in the game figured into the score sheet. Forsberg, the Caps talented 2012 first-round pick, was named to the tournament’s all-star team and finished the World Junior Championships with three goals and two assists. Djoos finished the tournament with three assists; Barber had six points (3 goals, 3 assists).
Via @romao83, since 2006, the Capitals have had a prospect on each WJC-winning team.
2006 – Sasha Pokulok, Team Canada
2007 – Karl Alzner, Team Canada
2008 – Karl Alzner (captain), Team Canada
2009 – Stefan Della-Rovere, Team Canada
2010 – John Carlson, Team USA
2011 – Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov, Team Russia
2012 – Filip Forsberg, Team Sweden
2013 – Riley Barber, Team USA
Unbelievable ……. Gold sure tastes good #USAWJChampions
— Riley Barber (@rileybarber94) January 5, 2013
Barber shoots. (Photo credit: Richard Wolowicz)
Barber almost scores. (Photo credit: Andre Ringuette)
Barber, all the way to the left, poses with his teammates and the American flag. (Photo credit: aftonbladet.se)
The Swedes: sad. (Photo credit: aftonbladet.se)
Barber, right, with his gold medal. (Photo credit: @rileybarber94)
Housley and Potulny pose with the cup. (Photo credit: @Potulny)
Team USA sings the national anthem.