Canada defeats USA 2-1 in shootout
1/3/2007 1:35:17 PM
LEKSAND, Sweden (CP) - Canada advanced to the final of the world junior hockey championship with a 2-1 shootout win over the U.S. in Wednesday's semifinal.
Canada, winner of the last two titles, will meet the winner of Wednesday's later semifinal between Russia and host Sweden in Friday's championship game.
Jonathan Toews of the University of North Dakota scored three times in the shootout, including the winning goal.
Canadian goaltender Carey Price stopped U.S. forward Peter Mueller after Toews's final goal to end the shootout 5-4 in favour of the defending champions.
Bryan Little of the Barrie Colts and Michigan's Andrew Cogliano also scored in extra shots.
Price, of the Tri-City Americans, was outstanding in overtime as he stopped all 12 shots he faced. He turned away 34 of 35 shots in regulation and overtime, while U.S. counterpart Jeff Frazee made 26 saves on 27 shots before the shootout.