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Quebec beats McDavid, Ontario to advance at U17 challenge

The Canadian Press

1/3/2013 12:27:44 AM

Julio Billia was spectacular in net to help Quebec advance to the semifinals at the under-17 world hockey challenge.

Billia made 40 saves as Quebec beat Ontario 2-1 on Wednesday to move on to a semifinal game against the United States.

Carl Neill and Loik Leveille scored second-period goals for Quebec, which entered the final round-robin game tied with Ontario in the Group B standings.

Brett Hargrave scored just three minutes into the game for Ontario, while Matthew Mancina stopped 30 shots in Drummondville, Que.

Quebec will play the U.S. on Thursday, while Russia will play undefeated Sweden in the other semi. The Russians advanced with a 5-4 over Finland in Victoriaville, Que.

Russia had to wait for the result of the Pacific-West game later Wednesday on the same rink. Brandon Hickey's overtime goal lifted Pacific past West 4-3, but Russia moved on with more regulation wins during the tournament.

In the early game in Drummondville, the Americans finished the round robin undefeated with a 7-2 victory over Slovakia.