Canada wins 2018 World Junior gold after 3-1 victory over Sweden

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Canada to play for gold at World Juniors after dominant win over Czechs

Steen and Jonsson Fjallby scored short-handed goals in the third period as Sweden earned a 4-2 semifinal win over the United States on Thursday.

Before the horn sounded on the period, Canada had secured a commanding 6-1 lead with Batherson scoring his third of the game to complete the hat trick. The Canadians won all three contests. After three straight fourth-place finishes in this tournament, the Swedes have out-scored their opponents 23-9 this year behind a trio of Top-10 National Hockey League picks in Alexander Nylander (eighth overall in 2016), Elias Pettersson (fifth overall in 2017) and Lias Andersson (seventh overall in 2017).

Sweden has an incredible 44-game winning streak in the preliminary round of the WJC, but they haven't finished higher than fourth in the medal round since 2014.

"He came in and had to fight for his spot until the last moment", coach Dominique Ducharme said. "To have a chance [Friday], I think we're going to give it everything we've got".

The defending world champions are on the cusp of making the championship game for a second-straight year, which would be the first time in the competition's history that the Stars & Stripes would make consecutive finals appearances.

"We are very disappointed to say the least", Motzko said. "We had a vampire suck it out of us today". No matter what round you get drafted in, you just show up to camp and give everything you've got. That's one more goal than they scored in all of last year's tournament - and nine more than Sweden has scored this year. "He's just a stud on the back end, and we knew we could rely on him in any situation". "We're so excited about tomorrow".

Tkachuk pulled the within 4-2 with 3:01 remaining, firing a loose puck past Gustavsson.

He has 17 goals and 22 assists in 24 games with the Screaming Eagles this season. Trent Frederic scored four times in leading the United States.

The losers from the USA-Sweden and Canada-Czech Republic matches will meet for the bronze medal game on Friday afternoon. The Americans placed third in 1986, 1992, 2007, 2011 and 2016. I know the answers.' And we all have that feeling. "We're doing this for the team in the locker room and USA Hockey as a whole". "We wanted to bring the medal to the Czech Republic and we didn't". Two of the third-place finishes coming in Buffalo, where the tournament was also held in 2010-11.

Kieffer Bellows and Brady Tkachuk scored late goals for the USA after Sweden had built a 4-0 lead midway through the third period.

Canada opened the scoring less than two minutes into the second period when Dillon Dube found an inside angle to take a pass from Jordan Kyrou and put the puck past Gustavsson.

With U.S. defenseman Dylan Samberg in the penalty box for high sticking, Pettersson, the Vancouver Canucks' No. 5 overall pick a year ago, received a pass in the left faceoff circle from Buffalo Sabres 2016 first-round selection Alex Nylander and one-timed a slap shot over Woll's shoulder into the far corner of the net.

Off the second-period-opening faceoff, US defenseman Scott Perunovich fired the puck into the Czech Republic zone, where Anderson stripped the puck from Martin Necas behind the net. Mittlestadt, the Sabres' most recent first-round pick, entered the game leading the tournament with 10 points. "3-on-0 breakaway with your top three scorers in the tournament, and we take a penalty out of it, that kind of sums up tonight". "Joe didn't fail us".

Bellows ended Gustavsson's shutout bid with 7:36 remaining. Instead, a Swedish penalty kill that had scored two shorthanded goals on the same power play against the the semi-final scored yet again to make it 1-1.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas dropped the ceremonial first puck wearing a replica of one of his older Buffalo Bills jerseys, matching the US uniforms. The outdoor game, which the US won in an overtime shootout, was a blast.

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