Tyler Steenburgen picked a fine time to score his first goal for Canada at the World Juniors in Buffalo.
The Swift Current Broncos forward who has scored 35 goals for his team this season went into the gold-medal final against Sweden as the only Canadian forward not to score at the tournament.
He changed that at the 18:20 mark of the 3rd period as he tipped a Conor Timmins shot past Swedish goalie Filip Gustavsson to give Canada a 2-1 lead. An empty-netter moments later by Alex Formenton clinched the gold for Canada as they beat Sweden 3-1 to take the title.
Steenburgen, who had been used as the 13th forward and didn’t see a lot of ice-time during the tournament, was more than happy in his role and was obviously more than happy to have scored the biggest goal of the tournament.
“It doesn’t matter who,” Steenbergen said, “from No. 1 all the way to No. 13. We just wanted the gold.”
It is the 17th time the team has won gold and it makes up for a loss in the gold-medal game to the United States in a shootout last year.
Regina Pats forward Sam Steel was held off the scoresheet in the final, but he finished second in team scoring with four goals and five assists for nine points.