A bold move paid off for Team USA in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship on Wednesday.
The Americans started 19-year-old netminder John Gibson against Finland and came away with a 4-1 victory over the host country.
"Any time you can represent your country and win, it's a huge honour," Gibson told iihf.com. "Tonight was a big game, playing Finland in Finland. We just wanted to play our game and get a win."
Gibson, who also helped the Americans to World U18 gold in 2011, made 31 saves in the win.
Nashville Predator Craig Smith had a hat trick for Team USA and Colorado Avalanche Paul Stastny picked up two helpers.
Cal Heeter, a goalie for the Adirondack Phantoms, did not play in the game.
The Americans improved to 3-1 and handed Finland (3-1) its first loss of the tournament. See the full recap at iihf.com.
Landeskog leads Sweden past Norway
Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog scored two goals to help Sweden to a 5-1 victory over Norway on Wednesday.
What's even better for the Swedes is that Daniel and Henrik Sedin confirmed they will be joining the team in the coming days now that the Vancouver Canucks have been eliminated from the NHL playoffs.
Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson didn't record a point for Sweden, but he did log over 24 minutes of ice time and fired two shots on net in the win.
Dallas Star Loui Eriksson picked up a goal and an assist, while Dick Axelsson registered three assists for the Swedes.
With the win, Sweden improved to 3-1 in the tournament. Norway fell to 2-2. See the full recap at iihf.com.