BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Canada reached the semifinals of the World Junior Championships with a 4-1 win Sunday over Switzerland in Buffalo, N.Y., and will face the United States today.
The winner will advance to the gold-medal game Wednesday.
The semifinal will be a rematch of last year's championship game, when the Americans snapped Canada's string of five consecutive gold medals with an overtime win.
Sweden beat Canada in a shootout in the final game of the preliminary round Friday to grab the top seed in Group B, dropping Canada into the quarterfinals. The USA won group A and got a bye into the semis.
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"It was the most hyped game coming in," Canadian forward Marcus Foligno said. "I think it will live up to it. The U.S. versus Canada. Here it is."
A win over its southern neighbor today would give Canada a chance to play for its 16th gold medal since this tournament began in 1977.
A U.S. victory would put the host country into the gold-medal game for the third time in the past 11 years.
Louis Leblanc, Ryan Johansen, Casey Cizikas and Zack Kassian scored, and Mark Visentin made 21 saves for Canada.
Tri-City American Carter Ashton had an assist in the second period and a penalty for slashing.