In the second semifinal of the World Junior Hockey Championship, the United States scored three unanswered goals to defeat Finland 3-2.
So they face Sweden in the final.
The Fins started the game strong and beat goaltender Trey Augustin twice in the first period. Oiva Geskinen and Rasmus Kumpulainen were the authors of these hits.
However, the Americans did not have their last word, and they evened the score in the second period. Jimmy Snookerudt was first to use the power play to cut the gap in half. Will Smith then brought them all level. A San Jose Sharks chance was missed at the mouth of the net and skillfully handled by Gabriel Berro.
Cutter Gauthier completed the comeback in the closing moments of the third period. On the power play, he gave the Americans the lead with a shot from the top of the faceoff circle, assisting Montreal Canadiens prospect Lane Hudson for the winning goal.
On Friday, the U.S. will compete in its first final of the 2021 tournament. At that time, they defeated Canada to claim the fifth gold medal in their history in this prestigious tournament.
Sweden, for its part, will be in its first final since 2018 and will be trying to win for the first time since 2012.
On the same day, Finland and the Czech Republic clash for the bronze medal.
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