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U.S., Canada Advance to Junior Semis

December 31, 2003

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) _ Zach Parise had two goals and assisted on a third as the United States defeated Russia 4-1 Wednesday, advancing to the semifinals of the world junior ice hockey championships.

Canada downed the Czech Republic 5-2 to also reach the semifinals.

Parise is the tournament’s leading scorer with six goals and five assists for the undefeated United States, which won its fourth straight.

Patrick O’Sullivan and Steve Werner also scored for the Americans, who took a 3-0 lead in the first period on power play goals.

The United States (4-0-0) won the Group A section of the under-20 tournament. Canada (4-0-0) finished first in Group B.

Jeff Carter scored twice for Canada, including one on an end-to-end rush in the second period. Jeff Tambellini, Nigel Dawes and Dion Phaneuf also scored for the Canadians and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 of 29 shots for the win.

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