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Team USA forward posts stellar individual effort goal at the 2018 World Juniors

Casey Mittelstadt has some moves!

We’re only a few days into the 2018 World Junior Championship, and we’ve already got some stellar highlights. A Team Canada defenseman made the tournament’s best save on opening day, and now the United States has the tournament’s first real jaw-dropping goal.

With the United States trailing by a goal Thursday night against Slovakia, Buffalo Sabres prospect Casey Mittelstadt put the team on his back on this incredible tally.

In one sequence, Mittelstadt picked the pocket of a Slovakian player, deked around another player defending the net, then outmaneuvered the goaltender for the tying tally.

Mittelstadt had two goals in Team USA’s opening game of the World Juniors, a 9-0 route of Denmark. The 19-year-old forward for the Minnesota Golden Gophers also made waves with his incredible shootout goal in practice for Team USA before the tournament.

The effort by Mittelstadt was eventually in vain, as the Americans lost 3-2 in a shocker of a game. However, the goal is quite an impressive individual effort to tie the game in a clutch situation.