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Canada denies U.S. in World Junior semifinals

1/4/2007

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.

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.

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.