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U.S. to play Russia in under-18 final

4/16/2004

MINSK, Belarus -- The United States reached the final of
hockey's under-18 world championships on Friday, beating the Czech
Republic 3-2 Friday.

Bryan Lerg of Livonia, Mich., Tom Fritsche of Parma, Ohio, and
Phil Kessel of Madison, Wis., scored for the United States in the
semifinal. It was the fifth straight win for the Americans. Michal
Gulasi and Jan Danecek scored for the Czechs.

The U.S. will play for the title Sunday against Russia, which
beat Canada 5-2 in the other semifinal.