By Ian Esplen
December 20, 2013 (ISN) – Often, the 2005 team gets all the attention as being Canada’s best junior team ever. But the performance that was put on a year later by Canada should be recognized as being more impressive.
The 2006 team ran the table going 6-0 and gave up only six goals in the whole tournament.
Canada kicked off the Tournament with a 5-1 win against Finland, surrendering only 17 shots in the process.
In their second game, Canada was pushed as hard as they were all tournament, when the surprising Swiss got three behind Justin Pogge on only 17 shots. Still Canada walked away with a 4-3 win.
After barely getting past the Swiss, Canada took out their frustrations on an overmatched Norwegian team, beating them 4-0 and outshooting them 50-13.
Canada would wrap up the round robin in dramatic fashion by beating the Americans 3-2, with the winning goal coming into an empty net off the stick of Kyle Chipchura. The Americans pulled the goalie late in order to try and get the win instead of a tie.
In the medal round, Canada would knock of Finland (4-0) and Russia (5-0) by a combined score of 9-0 to win the gold medal.
Most notably, they did not give up a goal for the final 151:50 minutes of the tournament. And that was against U.S.A. (half game), Finland and Russia.
Noted great performances by: Justin Pogge, Cam Barker, Luc Bourdon, Kris Russell, Kris LeTang, Marc Staal, Ryan Parent and Sasha Pokulok