Team USA goes into Canada and brings home the Gold…

It was January 5, 2004. The Americans win their first ever World Junior Championship Gold Medal over Canada, beating them 4-3.

Fast forward six years later. The Americans win their second World Junior Championship Gold Medal by beating Canada 6-5.

Exacting a measure of revenge after New Years Eve’s heartbreaking 4-3 loss, defenseman John Carlson bagged the overtime game winner as Team USA beat Canada in a game that was back-and-fourth all game long.

Carlson is a Washington Capitals prospect.

The Gold Medal is just the sixth World Juniors medal for Team USA. Other than winning Gold in 2004, they won the Silver (losing to Canada in the Gold Medal game) in 1997 and took home the Bronze in 1986, 1992 and their most recent World Junior medal until today, 2007.

Canada had won five consecutive Gold Medals.

The Americans will defend their Championship on their home soil. The 2011 tournament, which starts in late December 2010, will be hosted by Buffalo, New York. The games will be held at HSBC Arena (home of the Buffalo Sabres) and Dwyer Arena (home of Niagara University).

Nashville Predators 2009 1st round draft pick Ryan Ellis and 5th round pick Gabriel Bourque were among the Silver Medalists for Canada.

NERD NOTE: Just moments after Canada accepted their Silver Medal, the hashtag “#wjc” became a trending topic on Twitter.