Troy Terry, Denver’s own American hero

Photo: Paul Chiasson, AP

In case you missed it while you were at work like I was, Highlands Ranch native and sophomore DU forward Troy Terry made the internet explode a little while ago with this shootout heroics during the United States’ World Junior Championship Semifinal game against Russia.

Team USA and Russia played a close game through regulation and overtime and they came out of overtime tied at 3. Through the first five rounds of the shootout, the teams were tied at 2, thanks to goals from Terry and Jeremy Bracco. For the final two rounds, USA (and SCSU) coach Bob Motzko tabbed Terry to go win the game for the Americans.

And boy, did he ever:

The best part of the entire thing was the reaction from all over social media:

And then there’s this gem from Terry, himself to put a cap on the whole event:

Team USA’s journey isn’t over yet thanks to Terry. The United States will play in tomorrow’s WJC Gold Medal game against the winner of this evening’s Canada-Sweden game. It will be televised on NHL Network. Even before his heroics today, Terry had been having a great tournament with 3G-3A-6P for Team USA. You won’t want to miss his last game with Team USA before he returns to Denver this weekend.