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by Kevin Snow / Buffalo Sabres

Thurs., January 3

McCabe: Captain Jake McCabe scored twice as the United States moved on to Saturday’s gold medal game with a resounding 5-1 win over Canada. Both of McCabe’s goals came in the first period, as Team USA built an insurmountable 4-0 lead on Canada through two periods. McCabe, selected as USA's Player of the Game today, now has three goals and three assists in six games, and his plus-seven rating is tied with Seth Jones and Ville Pokka for tops in the tournament. Coming into the World Juniors, the University of Wisconsin sophomore had scored five goals in 42 career games for the Badgers – but had yet to record a multi-goal game.
NEXT GAME: Gold Medal Game - USA vs. Sweden (Sat., 8 a.m. ET, NHL Network &

Grigorenko/Makarov: Mikhail Grigorenko’s second goal of the tournament tied the game with Sweden at 2-2 late in the third period, but they would go on to lose 3-2 in a shootout. Montreal draft pick Sebastien Collberg scored the shootout winner for Sweden, and they will now face Team USA in Saturday’s gold medal game. Grigorenko is second on Russia in scoring with six points (2+4) in six games, but he has taken a team-leading 27 shots on goal. Andrei Vasilevski once again got the start for Russia, forcing Sabres prospect Andrey Makarov into the backup role for a second straight game. Makarov is 1-1 in two starts with a 2.02 GAA and .955 save percentage. He came into the tournament having posted shutouts in three of his last five decisions with the WHL's Saskatoon Blades.
NEXT GAME: Bronze Medal Game - Russia vs. Canada (Sat., 4 a.m. ET, NHL Network)

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