Union's Gostisbehere ready to bring home WJC gold medal
Union sophomore defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and Team USA are set to go for the gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championships.
Team USA faces WJC defending champion Sweden at 8 a.m. Saturday in Ufa, Russia. The game will be televised by NHL Network. Team USA is seeking its third gold medal, having won it in 2004 and 2010.
"I'm really excited to play in the gold medal game at the World Juniors," Gostisbehere said in a quote provided by USA Hockey. “We’re just going to take advantage of our opportunity, stick to our system and do what we've got to do to win out there, whatever it takes.”
Gostisbehere, a third-round selection of the Philadelphia Flyers in last June's NHL draft, scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over Sweden in a pre-tournament game Dec. 20. He also faced Sweden during the U.S. National Development Camp last August in Lake Placid. In a 10-2 win over Sweden, Gostisbehere had two goals and an assist.
"They're definitely a highly skilled, well-disciplined team that has a great system," Gostisbehere said. "They have players with great hands and good shots, so we've got to defend well to get a win tomorrow."
Gostisbehere has a goal and an assist in five games. He returned to the Team USA lineup for its 5-1 win over Canada on Thursday. He missed Wednesday's 7-0 victory over the Czech Republic because he was serving a one-game suspension for his major slashing penalty in Monday's final preliminary-round game against Slovakia. Gostisbehere had just four shifts against Canada.