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Grimaldi was named the player of the game for Team USA.
Grimaldi scores twice, lifts U.S. to gold medal
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Updated: Thursday 01/05/2013 17:30:31 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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UFA, Russia -- North Dakota freshman Rocco Grimaldi scored the game-tying and game-winning goals, lifting the United States to a 3-1 victory over Sweden today in the gold medal game at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship.

Grimaldi, who was named the player of the game for Team USA, became UND's 19th medalist at the World Junior Championship and the 12th to win gold. It also marked the fourth straight year UND has produced a medalist at the tournament.

Grimaldi, a Rossmoor, Calif., native, scored twice less than three minutes apart in the second period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 U.S. lead. He scored from a difficult angle along the goal line to tie the game at 7:41 of the middle frame, then notched the eventual game-winner by deflecting a point shot at 10:27.

The goals were the first of the tournament for Grimaldi, who finished with two goals and two assists in seven games and was a +4 despite not seeing the ice in the team's 9-3 win over Slovakia to close out the preliminary round.

"He played unbelievable these last three games," said Team USA head coach Phil Housley. "My hat goes off to him because he took it the right way and he proved how good of a player he was."

"He's a player who does everything and it was nice for him to get going, especially in the last game. It meant a lot for him," said Team USA goalie and tournament MVP John Gibson.

The gold medal was the third for the United States, which also won the 2004 and 2010 tournaments.

Grimaldi will return to UND this week and is expected to be in the lineup next weekend when UND hosts Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) rival Colorado College on Friday and Saturday.

 

UND’s World Junior Championship Medalists
Year Player Country Medal
1982 Troy Murray Canada Gold

James Patrick Canada Gold
1983 James Patrick Canada Bronze

Gord Sherven Canada Bronze
1985 Brad Berry Canada Gold
1990 Jason Herter Canada Gold
1991 Greg Johnson Canada Gold
1992 Marty Schriner United States Bronze
2004 Brady Murray United States Gold

Zach Parise* United States Gold

Drew Stafford United States Gold
2006 Jonathan Toews Canada Gold
2007 Jonathan Toews Canada Gold

Taylor Chorney United States Bronze

Brian Lee United States Bronze
2010 Danny Kristo United States Gold
2011 Derek Forbort United States Bronze

Brock Nelson United States Bronze
2012 Rocco Grimaldi United States Gold




* - Indicates tournament MVP


Links Roundup
USAHockey.com: U.S. National Junior Team Wins Gold Medal
United States Of Hockey: Rapid Reaction
Yahoo Sports: Team USA Takes Gold
The Rat Trick: Grimaldi Leads USA Past Sweden In Championship Game
Hockey Buzz: Grimaldi: From Zero to USA Hero
SI.com: Team USA Caps Stellar Run With Gold at World Juniors
The Sporting News: US Wins Behind John Gibson, Rocco Grimaldi
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