Canada bounces Czechs, goes for the gold

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 10:18 AM ET

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Corey Perry and his Canadian teammates are puttin' on their dancing shoes. "Two months ago, this wasn't even on my mind," the London Knights forward said yesterday after Canada's 3-1 semifinal victory over the Czech Republic at the world junior hockey championship.

The win sends Canada to tomorrow's gold-medal game against Russia.

"It's just an unbelievable feeling," Perry said. "It's hasn't sunk in, but . . . Tuesday it's the dance and we better be ready to go."

His preferred dance tune? "As long as we hear that O Canada at the end of the game. We can dance to that."

Canada last won the world juniors in 1997. Since then, it's brought home four silver medals and two bronze. Canada lost 4-3 to the U.S. in last year's final.

Londoner Jeff Carter, who plays for the OHL's Soo Greyhounds, was on that team.

"We didn't come to win the semifinals," Carter said of last night's rather subdued on-ice postgame celebration. "We're at where we wanted to be. If we can pull it off next game, it'll be a big celebration."

"I think it is gold or nothing. It's been a long time since we won and I think we have a team this year that can pull it off, so we're looking forward to it."


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