With a gold medal on the line. Her coach, Robb Stauber, made sure not to say a word to the year-old goaltender. It sure looked like it. Rooney made 29 saves through overtime, then turned away shots from four Canadians in the six-round shootout, smiling along the way at her jubilant teammates on the bench. The goalie who took the year off from college at Minnesota-Duluth had outdueled three-time Olympian Shannon Szabados, who was among those who prefer overtime over a shootout to settle such an important game.
History[ edit ] The first official tournament was held in , although the first three tournaments from to were held unofficially. The USSR won the first four official tournaments, while the Canadians put together five straight championships between and , and another five straight from to When it began, the World Junior Championship was a relatively obscure tournament.
It has since grown in prestige, particularly in Canada , where the tournament ranks as one of the most important events on the sports calendar and during the holiday season. The Globe and Mail writer Bruce Dowbiggin credits TSN , along with Canada's strong performance at the tournament, for turning it from an obscure non-event when it acquired the rights in which, however, also began growing in prominence due to the Punch-up in Piestany to one of Canada's most beloved annual sports events, and at the same time cementing the link between Canadian nationalism and hockey, and inspiring the NHL's Winter Classic   Based on increasing attendances for countries repeatedly hosting the event[ citation needed ], the popularity of the tournament seems to be growing in other nations as well.
The Soviet Union's Evgeny Davydov then came off the bench, eventually leading to both benches emptying. The officials , unable to break up the fight, left the ice and eventually tried shutting off the arena lights, but the brawl lasted for 20 minutes before the IIHF declared the game null and void.
A minute emergency meeting was held, resulting in the delegates voting 7—1 the sole dissenter was Canadian Dennis McDonald to eject both teams from the tournament.
The Canadian team chose to leave rather than stay for the end-of-tournament dinner, from which the Soviet team was banned. While the Soviets were out of medal contention, Canada was playing for the gold medal and was leading 4—2 at the time of the brawl.
The gold medal ultimately went to Finland, hosts Czechoslovakia took the silver and Sweden, who had previously been eliminated from medal contention, was awarded the bronze.