"It's what junior hockey is all about", said the coach who has also been behind the bench of Team Canada at the men's IIHF World Championships.
The last timeCanada played the U.S. in a world gold-medal junior hockey game, they lost in overtime.
Russia'sKirill Kaprizov would have been a very worthy choice, but the best player in this year's World Junior Championship was Canadian defenceman Thomas Chabot. In the final, Canada beat the United States 2-0.
It was a wild game of momentum swings and back-and-forth line rushes, where the action never seemed to stall and where no two-goal lead was safe. He played 43:53 - more than half the game - including 11:06 in the 20-minute overtime period. "Night after night, I did everything I could to help my team and represent my country as best as I could". He finished with an ice time of 43:53 in the final game, after playing more than 27 minutes the day before. Not to mention, the games are played in alternating sites each year and this is an annual tournament that a network can go back to year after year. Of course, they had Canada to thank for that.
Then Joseph returned to the ice, caught up to a loose puck and got to the net to put Canada ahead 4-2.
But that was only the opening act of the period. But Parsons made a few strong saves, and Team USA was able to kill it.
Less then three minutes after that, the reset button was hit once again. Each team started off a bit apprehensive, but Canada quickly took the reins.
Before shutting the door in the shootout, Parsons came up huge on a number of occasions for the USA - none bigger than the sprawling save he made in overtime. "Every time I throw on anything USA I'll always remember this game".
Canada again appeared to be in great shape with two early goals in the third period, leading to a frenzied atmosphere.
It was Team USA's first gold medal victory since 2013 in Ufa, Russia. "We battled all game long, we fought, we scored four goals, but it's a tough way to end it". "I lost one of the biggest games of my life".
Jeremy Lauzon doubled Canada's lead five minutes later after the United States turned the puck over in their own zone.
"We went into the period thinking we're going to throw the punch and we're going to shut them down", McAvoy said.
Each goaltender, Parsons for the Americans and Carter Hart for Canada, extended the game for their respective teams in the scoreless overtime. Switzerland's Nico Hischier, who is considered a top-five pick, improved his draft stock with four goals and seven points in five games, including a two-goal effort in a close 3-2 loss in the quarter-final to the U.S. Finland's Eeli Tolvanen had two goals and six points and Sweden's Lias Andersson scored three goals in seven games.
That left it up to Parsons, a second-round selection of the Calgary Flames in 2016.