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USA-Canada: Canadians Dominate U.S. In 4-1 Win, Will Play Russians For Gold

BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 03:  Quinton Howden #12 and Simon Despres #3 of Canada celebrate Howden's goal in the first period against the United States for Canada's second goal during the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship Semi Final game between United States and Canada on January 3, 2011 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Alan ZlotorzynskiCorrespondent IIIJanuary 4, 2011

It's a great night for a rematch. 

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better after Saturday's Winter Classic, we are treated to a rematch between Team USA and Team Canada in tonight's semifinals of the World Junior Hockey Championship.  The winner will move on to play the Russians, who dramatically beat Sweden in an overtime shootout.

The United States team is the defending tournament champion after beating Team Canada in Saskatoon to win the 2010 gold medal. The United States won group A with 11 points, earning a bye into tonight's semifinal battle.

Canada stumbled against Sweden, losing on New Year's Eve in a shootout. Sweden went on to win group B, setting up tonight's contest between Canada and the United States.

Coming into this matchup, Canada's Brayden Schenn has almost lapped the field, leading the tournament in scoring with 16 points (9,7).  His teammate, and Team Canada's Captain Ryan Ellis, is second with nine points.

The tournament's leading goaltender starts between the pipes for Team USA. Jack Campbell has an astounding 96.65 save percentage, giving up just a little more than one goal per game.

So grab a Molson or Budweiser, put your country's jersey on and enjoy what is sure to be another classic battle between these two teams. It will be interesting to see how Canada's high-powered offense matches up with Team USA's stiff defense. 

For me, it's USA all the way.

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