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Canada continues mastery over U.S., will face Sweden in final

1/4/2008

PARDUBICE, Czech Republic -- Three-time defending champion
Canada beat the United States 4-1 on Friday and will face Sweden in
the final of the world junior hockey championships.

Shawn Matthias opened the scoring early in the second period for
Canada, whose only loss in the tournament came against Sweden in a
Group A preliminary-round game. That loss ended Canada's 20-game
winning streak at the world juniors.

Earlier Friday, Mikael Backlund scored 6:18 into overtime to
give Sweden a 2-1 win against Russia in the first semifinal. Canada
(5-1) and Sweden (5-0) will meet Saturday.

Karl Alzner, Colton Gillies and Brand Marchand also scored for
Canada before James vanRiemsdyk, the No. 2 overall pick by the
Philadelphia Flyers and a freshman at New Hampshire, had his fifth
goal of the tournament for the United States.

Alzner's goal came after the U.S. team was penalized for too
many men on the ice.

The United States and Russia will play in the bronze medal game
Saturday.

Russia, a finalist last year, took the lead when Nikita Filatov
opened the scoring in the second period. Sweden tied it on Robin
Figren's power-play goal with 8:10 left.