Team USA starts hot, ends cold in semifinal loss to Canada in World Juniors

The Americans score two goals early in the first period but that isn't be enough to topple rival Canada. Team USA is now slated to play in the bronze-medal game against Sweden.

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U.S. goaltender Trey Augustine (1) makes a stop against Sweden during the U-18 Five Nations Tournament on Nov. 12, 2022, at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.
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HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — Team USA had an electric start against rival Canada in the 2023 IIHF World Junior semifinals, but luck for the Americans would run dry after the first 15 minutes of the match.

Canada's Connor Bedard scored at the end of the first frame to cut into a 2-0 lead then the Canadians would score five more unanswered goals throughout the next two periods to win Wednesday's semifinal matchup 6-2.

Minnesota Golden Gopher Logan Cooley scored just over a minute into the game while teammate Kenny Connors doubled the lead about nine minutes later.

University of North Dakota standout Jackson Blake did score a goal for the U.S. in the middle period, but it ended up being called back after review for goaltender interference. A second goal was disallowed later on in the game, this time to Rutger McGroarty , also due to goaltender interference.

A rep from Minnesota Sports and Events traveled to Canada for the 2023 World Juniors to see what the fuss is all about, and they plan to bid on bringing the 2026 tournament to the State of Hockey.
The Americans technically had their worst finish in tournament history, but they'll still be coming home with a bronze medal after a 5-0 win to Finland.
Sweden pulled off a 2-1 win over the Americans to advance to the gold-medal game. It's the first time in history that Team USA will not play for gold.
Team Canada was without captain Jocelyn Amos (not dressed) and leading scorer Alex Law (suspended) in the rivalry game at the U18 Women's Worlds
Joy Dunne, who trains with East Alton's Elite Hockey School, is a member of the United States Under-18 Women's World Championships team that's playing in Östersund, Sweden.
Shattuck-St. Mary's forward and Wisconsin commit Maggie Scannell netted three unassisted goals for Team USA in the match-up against Finland.
A pesky Swedish team proved to be a difficult competitor for the Americans, but Team USA got the win in its opening game against the host country of the 2023 U18 Women's World Championships.
The former Gopher scored in the extra frame in an 8-7 thriller against Sweden.
The 2023 IIHF U18 Women's Worlds starts in just a few days in Ostersund, Sweden. Team USA took home a silver medal in 2022 after a championship match loss to Canada.
Bedard is now sixth overall in World Juniors scoring with 34 points. Sweden's Peter Forsberg is on top of the list with 42, including 31 points alone in the 1993 tournament.

Team USA outshot Canada by a 45-37 margin. Trey Augustine stopped 31 of 36 shots on net while Thomas Milic stopped 43 of 45 for the Canadians.


Joshua Roy led Team Canada with two goals and two assists.

Team USA will now play in the bronze medal match against Sweden. Canada will play Czechia for gold. Both games are Thursday in Halifax.

The Americans placed fifth at the last World Junior tournament in 2022. The team currently owns five gold medals, two silver and six bronze titles.

Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies and was a part of the University Honors Program.
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