Kyle Osterberg scored a third-period goal to give the U.S. a 2-1 win Friday over Canada in a world under-18 semifinal hockey game at Brno, Czech Republic.
"There's no greater feeling than getting one up on Canada," Osterberg told the IIHF website.
"There are really no words to describe it."
Osterberg broke a 1-1 tie at 6:26 of the third period.
J.T. Compher opened the scoring for the U.S. before Gemel Smith tied it for Canada.
The U.S. and Sweden will meet in the gold-medal game for the third consecutive year.
Sweden scored four unanswered goals in the third period and defeated Finland 7-3 in the other semifinal.
SKATERS SIT FIFTH
Canada slipped to fifth place on the second day of the ISU World Team Trophy figure skating event at Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo.
Japan continues to lead with 59 points, followed by the U.S. at 51, France at 44 and Italy at 42.
Canada, which was fourth after the opening day, has 40 points while Russia is last with 34.
Canadian pairs champions Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., were fourth after the short program.
In ice dance, Tessa Virtue of London, Ont., and Scott Moir of Ilderton, Ont., skated an entertaining free dance but ended up second to American rivals Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
In men's singles, Patrick Chan of Toronto finished second to Daisuke Takahashi of Japan.
The event concludes Saturday.
KID MISSES CUT
Tian-Lang Guan, 13, the youngest golfer to play in a European Tour event, missed the cut Friday at the Volvo China Open in Tianjin.
The young Chinese star shot a second-round 79 after opening with a 77.
Gary Boyd of Britain and Jean-Baptiste Gonnet of France shared the lead at 133, nine-under par, through two rounds.
PARALYMPIC STAR DIES
Jacques Martin, who competed in six Paralympic Games from 1984 to 2004, died of a heart attack Thursday. He was 52.
Martin, who was born in St-Denis-Brampton, Que., excelled in throwing events, particularly the discus, shot put and javelin. He was a four-time Paralympic Games gold medallist (1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996), a silver medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and a gold medallist at the 2005 IAAF world championship in the demonstration javelin.