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World Juniors

United States advances to WJC final

Will play Canada for gold medal at Bell Centre on Thursday

by Sean Farrell / Correspondent

USA game-winning shootout goal

Terry scores game-winning shootout goal for Team USA

Troy Terry scores the game-winning shootout goal to send the Americans to the Gold Medal game

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MONTREAL -- Troy Terry scored three times in the shootout, and the United States advanced to the final of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship with a 4-3 win against Russia at Bell Centre on Wednesday.

Terry (Anaheim Ducks) was the shootout hero against Russia, similar to the performance Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie had for the U.S. at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, scoring four times on six attempts against Russia in a 3-2 win.

"I don't know if you can put me in the same league as him, but it's definitely an honor to be considered with the same sentence, I guess, as him," Terry said. "So I'm just trying to re-gather my words right now. I'm still shaking over it."

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The United States will play in the final for the first time since 2013 after Tyler Parsons (Calgary Flames) got his glove on Alexander Polunin's (2017 draft eligible) attempt, which then bounced off the crossbar.

"… The one thing about Troy Terry is he just has ice in his veins, his pulse just doesn't change," U.S. coach Bob Motzko said. "So we had five shooters and once he scored, we tried him again, and after two, he was going to keep going. The team I coach back home has never won a shootout so I was worried, and that's the first time I've ever been a part of anything like that with the shootout in the end, but it was a great hockey country we beat [Wednesday] and it's a special win for us."

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U.S. forward Joey Anderson (New Jersey Devils) hit the crossbar in overtime, and Russia goalie Ilya Samsonov (Washington Capitals) followed that immediately with successive saves on shots by defenseman Caleb Jones (Edmonton Oilers) and Anderson.

Russia forward Denis Gurianov (Dallas Stars) tied it 3-3 with his second goal of the game at 6:04 of the third period, 50 seconds after Samsonov made a glove save on a penalty shot by Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes) at 5:14.

Colin White (Ottawa Senators) scored two goals for the United States, which fell behind 1-0 and 2-1 after never trailing in its first five games of the tournament. Luke Kunin (Minnesota Wild) also scored a power-play goal.

The United States, who defeated Russia for the first time in eight playoff round games, trailed for the first time in the tournament after Kirill Kaprizov (Minnesota Wild) scored his tournament-leading eighth goal to put Russia ahead 1-0 at 11:54 of the first period.

Video: Terry talks about Team USA's shootout victory

Russia's first lead lasted 7:11 until Keller's shot from the right corner struck White on its way past Samsonov to tie it at 1-1 at 19:05.

That ended a 167:24 shutout streak for Samsonov, who shut out Slovakia and Denmark in his previous two starts.

Gurianov gave Russia its second one-goal lead at 2-1 with his first goal of the game at 1:17 of the second period.

Kunin's power-play goal at 10:23 of the second tied it 2-2. White gave the U.S. its first lead, 3-2 with a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle for his second of the game at 16:21.

Video: Parsons talks about Team USA's win over Russia

Canada defeated Sweden 5-2 in the other semifinal on Wednesday, and will play the U.S. in the gold-medal game at Bell Centre on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NHLN, TSN).

Julien Gauther (Carolina Hurricanes) scored twice, and Mitchell Stephens (Tampa Bay Lighting), Anthony Cirelli (Tampa Bay Lightning), Dylan Strome (Arizona Coyotes) each had a goal for Canada.

Goaltender Carter Hart (Philadelphia Flyers) made 28 saves in relief of starter Connor Ingram (Tampa Bay Lightning), who allowed two goals on three shots. 

Joel Eriksson Ek (Minnesota Wild) and Carl Grundstrom (Toronto Maple Leafs) scored, and Felix Sandstrom (Philadelphia Flyers) made 38 saves for Sweden.

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