UFA, Russia - Jake McCabe and John Gaudreau scored two goals apiece Thursday to lead the United States to the final of the world junior championships with a 5-1 win over Canada.
McCabe put his team ahead with a pair of similar goals, scoring during goalmouth scrambles in the first period.
Gaudreau made it 3-0, beating Malcolm Subban with a low shot on a sharp counterattack at 22:58.
Subban was substituted for Jordan Binnington after stopping 12 of 16 shots, and Jim Vesey extended the lead to four 10 minutes later.
Ty Rattie scored one for Canada with a short-handed goal at 44:03, but Gaudreau scored on another attack with 4:19 to play.
Minnesota natives Mike Reily and Mario Lucia are on the USA roster. Reily, a defenseman from Chanhassen and the U of M, has notched one goal and two assists. Lucia, from Plymouth and Notre Dame, has one assist for the U.S. club.
Defending champion Sweden was scheduled to play Russia in the second semifinal.
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