Dillon Dube and the Canadian World Junior team lost a heart breaker to the United States 5-4 in a shootout on Thursday night in Montreal.
Dube registered three shots on goal and a plus one rating, combined with an incredible effort in all areas of the ice.
Canada jumped to a 2-0 lead on goals from Thomas Chabot and Jeremy Lauzon and held it into the second period.
Team U.S.A. tied the game at 2-2 in the second period on goals that came from the sticks of Charlie McAvoy and Kieffer Bellows and the game was knotted headed into the third.
Canada came out in the third period firing which led to goals from Nicolas Roy and Mathieu Joseph and Canada held a short 4-2 lead. Bellows and Colin White responded for the Americans and the game was off to overtime.
Though the overtime period was exciting, it solved nothing and the game was off to a shootout.
The shootout went as follows:
|–||United States:||Colin White – Save|
|–||Canada:||Dylan Strome – Save|
|–||United States:||Clayton Keller – Save|
|–||Canada:||Mathew Barzal – Save|
|–||United States:||Kieffer Bellows – Save|
|–||Canada:||Tyson Jost – Save|
|–||United States:||Troy Terry – Goal|
|–||Canada:||Anthony Cirelli – Save|
|–||United States:||Jeremy Bracco – Save|
|–||Canada:||Nicolas Roy – Save|
Both goaltenders Carter Hart for Canada and Tyler Parsons made phenomenal saves all night, Hart making 31 saves on 35 shots and Parsons with 46 saves on 50 shots.
Team U.S.A. was awarded the gold medal and Team Canada was awarded silver.
Dube finished the tournament with a stat line of: 7GP, 0G, 3A, 3P, +6 +/-, 4PIM, 8SOG.
Dube also played an important role on the penalty kill for Team Canada.
Tomas Soustal (Czech Republic) and Calvin Thurkauf (Switzerland) also competed in the tournament but the Czech’s were eliminated by Canada and Switzerland was eliminated by Team U.S.A.
There is no schedule yet on Dube’s return to Kelowna yet.
The Kelowna Rockets will be without Dube for tomorrow night’s match up with the Kamloops Blazers.
The Rockets next home game is Saturday when they host the Kamloops Blazers for the tail end of a home and home with the rival club.