Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 12/29/11
Canada capped a perfect run in the preliminary round of the world junior hockey championship with a 3-2 victory over the United States on Saturday night. Mark Stone had a goal and an assist for Canada, which will face either Russia or the Czech Republic in Tuesday's semifinal in Calgary. Jaden Schwartz and Brett Connolly also scored for Canada in front of 16,647. Scott Wedgewood made 30 saves for his second win of the tournament. Charlie Coyle and captain Jason Zucker scored for the US in the third period. Jack Campbell, playing in his third straight world junior tournament, made 32 saves. Canada (4-0) had already secured first in Pool B and a bye to the semifinals heading into the game, while the US (1-3) already knew it was headed for the relegation round. So, what had been billed as a huge New Year's Eve showdown lacked urgency. Bursts of spirited play and flashes of ill-will between the North American rivals were mixed with lulls. The Canadians were faster out of the gates t...
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