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Kirwan scores two, United States wins gold at Under-17

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The Canadian Press
1/4/2014 7:17:39 PM
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NORTH SYDNEY, N.S. - Luke Kirwan scored two goals to lead the United States to gold with a 4-0 victory over Pacific at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Colin White had a goal and an assist for the U.S., and Christian Fischer also scored. Jeremy Bracco recorded three assists.

Canada's Zach Sawchenko was constantly tested in net, stopping 48 of 52 shots in the losing effort.

American goaltender Michael Lackey, meanwhile, made just 12 saves for the win.

Pacific defeated Russia 7-3 on Friday to earn a berth in the gold medal game. The U.S. crushed Quebec 9-1 in Friday's other semifinal.

Earlier, Russia used five third-period goals to defeat Quebec 6-2 for bronze.

Dmitry Zhukenov scored a goal and added two assists, and Artur Tyanulin, Mikhail Byakin, Aleksandr Zhebelev, Ivan Kashtanov, and Ivan Emets also scored for Russia.

Matthew Boucher scored both goals for Quebec.

Nikita Kolesnikov stopped 35 shots for the victory, while Quebec's Oliver Tremblay made 25 saves in the losing effort.

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