Canada denies U.S. in World Junior semifinals

Updated: January 4, 2007, 9:56 AM ET
Associated Press

MORA, Sweden -- Jonathan Toews scored on a shot in the shootout to lift two-time defending champion Canada over the United States 2-1 in the World Junior Hockey Championship semifinals on Wednesday.

Carey Price and Peter Mueller (88)
AP/Anders Wiklund, ScanpixCarey Price knocks away the final shot, taken by Team USA's Peter Mueller, in the shootout.

Toews scored on the 13th shootout chance before Canadian goalie Carey Price saved Peter Mueller's shot.

Two-time defending champion Canada will play Russia in the title game on Friday. The Russians defeated Sweden 4-2 to set up a rematch of last year's final.

The U.S. team, which beat Finland 6-3 in Tuesday's quarterfinals, dominated early but failed to score in a physical first period in which the teams combined for seven two-minute penalties.

USA vs. Canada games decided by one goal
2007 2-1 Loss in SO in semis of medal round
2006 3-2 Loss in preliminary round
2004 4-3 Win in gold medal round*
2003 3-2 Loss in semis of medal round
2001 2-1 Loss in medal round
2000 1-1 Tie in preliminary round
2000 4-3 Loss in SO in bronze medal
*--Only gold ever at World Junior Championships

Taylor Chorney scored on a power play 5:04 into the second period to give the United States a 1-0 lead.

But the Americans had too many penalties, and Luc Bourdon scored 12:19 minutes into the final period on Canada's ninth power-play.

The U.S. team pressed hard in the 10-minute overtime period and had a 12-2 shot advantage, but were unable to beat the outstanding Price.

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