Gaudreau keys U.S. victory

Posted: January 04, 2013

UFA, Russia - Jake McCabe and John Gaudreau scored two goals each Thursday to lead the United States to the final of the world junior hockey championships with a 5-1 win over Canada.

Gaudreau is from Penns Grove, N.J., and played at Gloucester Catholic High. He now plays for defending national champion Boston College.

Gaudreau increased the Americans' lead to 3-0, beating Malcolm Subban with a low shot on a sharp counterattack.

United States goalie John Gibson made 33 saves for the victory.

The Americans will play Sweden for the gold medal at 8 a.m. Saturday (NHL Network). The defending champion Swedes beat Russia, 3-2, in a penalty shootout, with Sebastian Collberg scoring the winner.

The Americans finished third in their group at 2-2 in the preliminary round and routed the Czech Republic, 7-0, in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Canada didn't lose a game in the preliminary round and had a quarterfinal bye.

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