BONNYVILLE, Alta. — Griffin Ness scored at 7:35 of overtime as the United States beat Canada West 3-2 on Saturday to advance to the championship game at the world junior-A challenge.
The Americans will face Russia for gold after the Russians beat the Czech Republic 4-1 in Saturday's other semifinal.
Josh Nodler and Ronnie Attard gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes only for Mathieu Gosselin and Alexander Campbell to respond for the Canadians, setting up the extra period.
Blake Pietila made 25 saves for the U.S. while Matthew Davis stopped 31 shots for Canada West, which will face the Czechs for bronze.
Earlier in the day, Ilya Nikolaev scored once and set up two more while Rodion Amirov added a pair of goals as Russia beat the Czech Republic for its spot in the championship.
Russia is undefeated with five straight victories to reach the final for the first time since 2015, when the Russians fell to Canada West in the gold-medal matchup.
The third-place and championship game go Sunday.