Monday, January 3, 2011

Going for gold!

The Canadian Press

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Bring on the Russians.

Canada has advanced to its 10th straight final at the world junior hockey championships with a 4-1 win over the rival United States on Monday.

Curtis Hamilton, Quinton Howden, Ryan Johansen and Zack Kassian scored for Canada.

Canada will face Russia for gold. Russia beat Sweden 6-5 in a shootout in the other semifinal.

Canada played a physical game to get revenge on the Americans, who beat the Canadians 6-5 in overtime in last year’s gold-medal game.

That ended a run of five straight titles for Canada.

Canada opened the scoring 2:38 into a physical first period. Cody Eakin fed Hamilton, who stickhandled in on the U.S. goal. Jack Campbell made the initial save but Hamilton got the rebound and put the puck past the helpless American goaltender.

Canada added to its lead at 13:54 of the first when Brett Connolly set up Howden. Canada goaltender Mark Visentin also drew an assist on the play.

Canada went up 3-0 at 5:59 of the second period on a two-man advantage. Johansen tipped the rebound of a Ryan Ellis shot past Campbell. Johansen has a point in all six of Canada’s games in the tournament.

Kassian made it 4-0 at 6:02 of the third period, scoring on a breakaway seconds after Canada killed off a slashing penalty.

The U.S. spoiled Visentin’s shutout bid when Chris Brown scored a power-play goal at 9:37 of the third.

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