Team Canada will attempt their record sixth straight gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championships on Tuesday night. After defeating Switzerland 6-1 in the semifinal, Canada needed to wait the winner of tonight's other semifinal game between Sweden and the United States to see who their opponent would be. Team U.S.A. left no doubts as to who belong in the finals after beating Team Sweden 5-2.
Taylor Hall scored twice while Jake Allen made 20 saves to secure the victory. The final score could have been much higher but Swiss goaltender Benjamin Conz was often heroic between the pipes. Jordan Eberle beat Conz for his sixth goal and 11th point of the tournament. Eberle, a Edmonton Oilers' prospect, has points in 11 straight games at the tournament setting a Canadian record. He also pulled even with Jason Allison for second on the all-time list for scoring by a Canadian in tournament history. It is also his 12th career goal in the tournament, only one short of the Canadian record set by John Tavares. Alex Pietrangelo picked up two points to grab a share of the tournament scoring lead with teammate Jordan Eberle and Derek Stepan of Team USA.
The United States earned the rematch by beating the Swedes. They will be looking to avenge a New Years Eve collapse where they blew a 4-2 lead in the 3rd period and suffered a 5-4 shootout loss to Canada in a battle for first place in Group A. The two countries will face each other in the championship game for the first time since 2004, when Team U.S.A defeated Canada 4-3 in Finland, for the Americans' first world junior title.
Jerry D'Amigo, a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect, scored a pair of goals for the Americans.
Sweden went undefeated to finish first in Group B. The Swedes hoped to advance to the final for a 3rd straight year but instead will play Switzerland for bronze. "I can't tell you in words (how much)," said Swedish forward Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson.
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