Helsinki, FIN – First of all, sorry for not getting a game recap for Game 6, but I was having some issues with the site on Friday night after the game and I was busy all Saturday. So, anyway, Game 7 tonight.
However, this article is about the prodigy that is John Gibson. The 19-year-old was phenomenal in his first game for Team USA against Finland and in his second start he worked a shutout. He stopped 30 shots from Team Germany and with the win, jolts Team USA to the top spot in the pool. The win also clinched a berth in the quarterfinals. Team USA got goals from Bobby Butler of the Nashville Predators, Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche and Stephen Gionta of the New Jersey Devils.
Gibson is really blossoming this year. Maybe not in his time with the Kitchener Rangers, but in his time with the United States Junior National Team and the United States Men’s National Team. He was incredible in leading the junior team to the world junior championship a few months ago. Now, in two starts for the Men’s team, he has allowed just 1 goal on 62 shots. If you do the math, that is a .984 SV%. That is by far the highest save percentage in the tournament. The next highest save percentages in the tournament are .958 by Reto Berra of Switzerland, .957 by Mike Smith of Canada and .950 by Luka Gracnar of Slovenia.
John Gibson is good. I can’t wait to see him between the pipes at Honda Center.
Tags: 2013 IIHF World Championship Bobby Butler Colorado Avalanche Honda Center John Gibson Luka Gracnar Mike Smith Nashville Predators New Jersey Devils Paul Stastny Reto Berra Stephen Gionta Team Canada Team FInland Team Germany Team Slovenia Team Switzerland Team USA United States Junior National Team United States Men's National Team