UNO hockey coach leads USA to gold medal

Dean Blais and Team USA celebrate their gold medal (photo courtesy of omavs.com)

Dean Blais and Team USA celebrate their gold medal (photo courtesy of omavs.com)


Congratulations to Nebraska-Omaha hockey coach Dean Blais. He led Team USA hockey to the gold medal in the World Junior Competition. Team USA beat Canada 6-5 in overtime on Tuesday night. On Sunday, they beat defending champion Sweden in the semifinals. It’s just the second gold won by the U.S. in World Junior competition.
John Carlson scored the decisive goal with just 4:21 gone in the overtime to give the Americans their first gold medal since 2004. Both times againt Canada. This game was played in Saskatoon, Sask. which made it even more thrilling to win on Canada’s home ice.
“We put the right team together for this tournament, filled with gritty, hard-working players,” Blais told USA Hockey’s web site. “Our guys battled the whole tournament, and we’re very happy to come away with the gold here in Saskatoon.”
Blais guided the Americans to a 6-0-1-0 record. Blais will rejoin the Mavericks in time for their weekend home series against Alaska on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 8 and 9.
Story courtesy of Omavs.com