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U.S to gold medal game at the U18 Women's World Championship

The United States will play for gold at the Under-18 Women’s World Championship after defeating Canada, 4-3, in a shootout in the tournament semifinals.

The U.S. overcame a two-goal deficit in the final period to earn the win in Dmitrov, Russia and will face Sweden on Saturday in the gold medal game. That will be livestreamed by USA Hockey at 11:30 a.m..

"We had great play from our leaders," said Joel Johnson, head coach of Team USA. "Our older players, returners and captains stepped up when we needed them the most and helped rally the group. It’s a real honor to have the opportunity to play for gold tomorrow."

Trailing, 3-1, the U.S. rally began when Casey O’Brien scored on the power play at 6:22 of the third. Then Kelly Browne tied the game on a rebound about three minutes later.

After a scoreless 10-minute, 4-on-4 overtime, came the shootout. After allowing a goal by Canada’s first shooter, U.S. goalie Lindsay Reed smade four consecutive saves. Britta Curl and Makenna Webster scored to put the U.S. in its 11th straight gold medal game at the U-18 championship.

Amherst Katelyn Knoll, who plays for Nichols, has six shots on goal for the U.S. in the tournament.

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