Goaltender John Gibson of Pittsburgh stopped 22 of 23 shots to lead the U.S. National Under-17 team to a 2-1 victory over Canada-Pacific Saturday and into the semifinals of the 2010 World Under-17 Challenge.
Three Pittsburgh area products are playing for the U.S., which is 4-0 and faces Sweden Sunday at 7 p.m. in a semifinal game at Iroquois Falls, Ont. The others are forward JT Miller of East Palestine, O. and defenseman Barrett Kaib of Upper St. Clair.
Both Gibson and Miller played for the Pittsburgh Hornets last season, while Kaib skated at Culver Academy in Indiana. All three are playing this year for the U.S. National Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Miller is tied for second in the tournament with four goals and tied for third with seven points through four games.
Gibson is 2-0 and ranks second in the tourney with a 1.50 goals-against average. Kaib has chipped in a goal and an assist in four games.
Russia plays Ontario in the other semifinal Sunday night. The championship game will be Monday night at Timmins, Ont.
Results and statistics are available at www.hockeycanada.ca or www.usahockey.com.