UFA, Russia — For the first time, in a long time, American defenceman Jake McCabe stood on his blueline, saw his nation’s flag raised and heard the Star Spangled Banner being played.
“I think to myself how many times I’ve had to see a different country’s flag go up and I can count that on one hand,” said the U.S. captain. “It’s not fun and it’s pretty awesome having that flag rising up at the end and singing our national anthem.
“It’s pretty special.”
His special moment was a nightmare for Team Canada.
The Americans stunned the Canadians with a 5-1 victory in the semifinals of the world junior championship. The Canadians, who earned a bye to the semifinal, were undefeated in round-robin play and had beaten the U.S. earlier in the week.
“We played exactly how we needed to,” said McCabe, who scored a pair of goals for the U.S. “We played in their zone, we controlled the pace and we put them on their heels right off the bat. They really didn’t know what hit them in theRead More »from 2013 WJC: U.S. stuns Canada with emphatic semifinal victory