World Jr. Notes: USA, Sweden to play for gold

It will be Team USA against Sweden for the gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

The United States defeated Canada, 5-1, in the first semifinal game. The Americans took a 2-0 lead in the first period behind a pair of goals by Jake McCabe. John Gaudreau and Jim Vesey scored second period goals to push the American lead to 4-0. After Canada cut the lead to 4-1 in the third on a goal by Ty Rattie, Gaudreau scored his second of the game to make it a 5-1 game.

Goaltender John Gibson stopped 33 of 34 shots for Team USA.

Stars prospect Brett Ritchie had no points, two shots and a minus-one rating for Canada. Ritchie, Dallas’ second round pick (44th overall) in 2011, has three assists in five tournament games.

Sweden defeated the Russians, 3-2, in a shootout in the second semifinal game Thursday. The Swedes took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Elias Lindholm and Filip Forsberg. The Russians rallied to tie on goals by Andrei Mironov and Mikhail Grigorenko.

Sebastian Collberg scored the lone goal of the shootout, giving the Swedes the opportunity to win a second straight gold at the World Junior Championship.

Stars prospect Emil Molin assisted on Sweden’s first goal of the game, which came on the power play. He dug a puck out of the corner, helping set up the goal by Lindholm. Molin had one shot and an even rating in the game. The Stars’ fourth round pick (105th overall) in 2011 has six points (two goals, four assists) in five tournament games.

The medal games are Saturday. USA will take on Sweden for the gold, and Canada and Russia will play for the bronze.

Thursday’s games

Semifinal: USA 5, Canada 1 (recap)
Semifinal: Sweden 3, Russia 2 (SO) (recap)
Relegation:  Slovakia 5, Latvia 3 (recap)

Friday’s games

Relegation: Finland vs. Slovakia
Relegation: Czech Republic vs. Switzerland

Saturday’s games

Bronze medal: Canada vs. Russia, 3:00 a.m. (NHL Network)
Gold medal: USA vs. Sweden, 7:00 a.m. (NHL Network)

World Junior Championship Statistics

Statistics for Dallas Stars prospects at the 2013 World Junior Championship

Player Pos Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG
Brett Ritchie  RW Canada  5  0  3  3  +3  2  10
Radek Faksa  C Czech Republic  5  0  2  2  +1  2  6
Emil Molin  LW Sweden  5  2  4  6  0  0  10

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