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Canada Eliminates U.S. in Hockey

January 2, 2001

MOSCOW (AP) _ The United States was eliminated from the World Junior Hockey Championships on Tuesday with a 2-1 loss to Canada in the quarterfinals.

Canada will meet Finland in the semifinals Wednesday, with the winner advancing to the gold-medal game. Sweden will play the Czech Republic in the other semifinal.

In the other quarterfinals, Sweden downed Russia 3-2, Finland beat Slovakia 3-1 and the Czech Republic defeated Switzerland 4-3.

Jamie Lundmark scored the winning goal for Canada, breaking a 1-1 tie on a power play with 5:06 left. Until then, Canada had gone 0-for-6 on the power play for the game.

Damian Surma opened the scoring for the United States at 3:18 of the first period, beating goalie Maxime Ouellet. The Americans nearly took a two-goal lead when Andy Hilbert smacked a shot off the crossbar during a power play.

Steve Ott tied the score for Canada at 5:48 of the period, sending a shot past goaltender Rick DiPietro on a 2-on-1 break.

The game featured an excellent goaltending duel between DiPietro, the No. 1 selection in the NHL draft by the New York Islanders, and Ouellet, a first-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers.

The United States outshot Canada 23-15, including 11-4 in the second period. The Americans were 0-for-4 on power plays.

Russia was one of the favorites for the gold medal. This is the second international disappointment for Russian hockey in recent months. A top team featuring Pavel Bure and Alexei Yashin finished 11th at the world championships in St. Petersburg, Russia, in May.

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