Emotions will be high Sunday in Sochi, Russia, when the United States faces Canada in the gold-medal game of the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, at Bolshoy Ice Dome.
Both teams advanced to the title game after winning their respective semifinals Friday. The gold-medal game will be played Sunday at noon ET.
2013 NHL Draft prospects Tyler Kelleher and J.T. Compher scored in a shootout to lead the United States to a 4-3 victory against Russia in the nightcap before a capacity crowd at Bolshoy. In the earlier semifinal, Canada secured a ticket to the championship game for the first time since 2008 with a 3-1 defeat of Finland.
The U.S., which rallied from 2-1 and 3-2 deficits against the host Russians, will seek an unprecedented fifth straight U-18 gold medal Sunday.
"When the U.S. plays Canada, it's a big game all the time, at any level," U.S. goalie Thatcher Demko said.