Canada, USA Meet Tonight in U20 Gold Medal Game

Ryan MaloneyContributor IIJanuary 5, 2010

LAKE PLACID, NY - AUGUST 14: Cam Fowler #16 of Team USA skates against Team Russia at the 1932 rink on August 15, 2009 in Lake Placid, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The United States and Canada will meet in the gold medal game of the IIHF World U20 Championship tonight for the only the third time in the 37-year history of the tournament.

The Americans beat Sweden 5-2 in Sunday's semifinal round, hours after Canada topped Switzerland 6-1.

The NHL Network will broadcast the game in the United States, TSN in Canada. The game will also be streamed online at . Face-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Some Notes from TSN:

In their last battle, Canada rallied from a 4-2 third-period deficit to earn a 5-4 shootout victory. American defenseman Cam Fowler knows they must play the full 60 minutes to win a gold medal.

"That New Year's Eve game was a bit of a shock for us," said the Spitfires defenseman, who will be facing four Windsor teammates on Tuesday. "We thought we played a great game and just fell apart in the last 10 minutes. I think we want it just as bad as the Canadians do."

Defenseman Travis Hamonic, one half of Canada's shutdown pairing with Marco Scandella, will not play in the gold medal game after suffering a separated shoulder as a result of a questionable hit late in the semifinal win over Switzerland.

"Travis is such a great kid," said Team Canada assistant coach Dave Cameron. "To work hard to get here and to be such a big part of it, and then to have his moment of glory and the gold medal game be taken away on a bad hit, you feel really, really bad for the kid.