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Tourney MVP Kessel nets two goals, two assists

4/25/2005

PLZEN, Czech Republic -- The United States won its second under-18 world ice hockey championship, beating Canada 5-1 Sunday behind two goals and two assists from Phil Kessel.

Jason Lawrence, Peter Mueller and Nathan Gerbe also scored for the U.S., which pulled away after Canada's Ryan O'Merra tied it 1-1 with a first-period goal.

Canada had a five-minute power play at the end of the game after Justin Mercier was called for a match penalty for checking Canada's Colton Yellowhorn from behind. Yellowhorn was taken off the ice on a stretcher.

Kessel, who also had two assists, sealed the victory with an empty-net goal.

Kessel was the tournament's MVP after scoring 16 points in six games. It was the second under-18 title for the U.S., which last won in 2002.

Sweden beat the Czech Republic 4-2 to win the bronze medal.