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Sunday, April 24, 2011

USA 5 Canada 4 OT

Team USA beat Team Canada 5-4 in overtime Saturday to set up a Sunday Bronze Medal game between Canada and Russia and a Gold Medal Game between the USA and Sweden.

Brett Ritchie would start things off for Canada at the 4:37 mark on the powerplay when he tipped in a Ryan Murphy shot from the point. Alan Quine would draw the other assist. J T Miller would tie it at one with his fourth after he blocked a shot just inside his own zone and sped up the ice and beat Malcolm Subban five hole.

The teams would head to the locker room tied at one. The Canadians had the shot advantage, 12-4 as well as 3 powerplays while the US had none.

It took 16:10 into the second to see that periods only goal when Reid Boucher scored his seventh to give the Americans a 2-1 lead. The Americans came out strong in the second outshooting Canada 21-13. The US also had 4 powerplays including a two man advantage for 1:35 but could not convert.

Zach Larazza would score his first at 6:43 of the third, a short handed goal to put the US up 3-1. Travis Boyd would draw the assist. Then, just 33 seconds later, Boucher would notch his second of the game from Miller to put the US up 4-1. It was another short handed goal and on the same penalty.

Canada would make an attempt at a comeback. Ritchie would score his second of the game at 9:15 on the powerplay from Quine and Nick Cousins. At 18:25, and with Subban on the bench for an extra attacker, Murphy would score his third from Murray on the powerplay.  Murray would then assist on Mark Scheifele's 6th goal with just 51 seconds remaining to even the score up at 4.

The US would outshoot Canada 14 - 12 in the period.

Overtime would last just 4:22 when Tyler Biggs scored his second to send the US to the Gold Medal game and a chance to win their third straight tournament.

The US also improved to 7-2 all-time vs Canada in this event.

Good Luck to the Americans in the Gold Medal game !!

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