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Team Canada to face Team USA for gold at WJC

It will be a rematch as Team Canada will face Team USA in the gold medal game of the 2017 World Junior Hockey Championship
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It will be an all North American final at the 2017 World Junior Hockey Championship.

Team Canada and Team USA will meet on Thursday night with gold on the line after both teams picked up semifinal victories on Wednesday at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

After falling behind 2-1 just over eight minutes into the contest, a goaltending change helped change the momentum of the game as Canada scored four unanswered goals en route to the victory.

Connor Ingram got the start for Canada but was pulled after surrendering two goals on three shots in the opening period. Carter Hart came in and stopped all 28 shots he faced the rest of the way.

Julien Gauthier scored a pair of goals for Team Canada. Anthony Cirelli and Dylan Strome chipped in with a goal and an assist. Mitchell Stephens had the other Canadian goal.

Joel Eriksson Ek had a goal and an assist for Sweden. Carl Grundstrom had the other Swedish goal. Goaltender Felix Sandstrom stopped 37 shots.

The Americans booked a ticket to the final in dramatic fashion with a shootout win over Team Russia. Troy Terry scored three times in the shootout as Team USA beat Team Russia 4-3.

Colin White had a pair of goals for Team USA while Clayton Keller added a pair of assists. Tyler Parsons made 33 saves and stopped four Russian shooters in the shootout. Luke Kunin also scored in regulation time for the Americans.

Denis Guryanov scored a pair of goals for Russia in regulation time. Kirill Kaprizov also scored. Russian goaltender Ilya Samsonov made 39 saves.

The last time Team Canada and Team USA met in the final was in 2010 when John Carlson scored in overtime as the Americans took gold. The two teams have met three times in the final with Team USA winning gold twice.

Team USA beat Team Canada 3-1 in the round robin.

Puck drop for the gold medal game is set for 8 p.m.

The Russians and Swedes will meet on Thursday in the bronze medal game at 3:30 p.m. at the Bell Centre.

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