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US falls to Canada in World Junior Championship semi-final

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US falls to Canada in World Junior Championship semi-final
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Team USA takes off to the bronze medal game after its 6-2 loss to Team Canada Wednesday evening in the U20 World Junior Championship.

The U.S. started the game strong, going up 2-0 in the first ten-and-a-half minutes of the game. Canada, however, had no intentions of losing.

Connor Bedard started the Canadian comeback a little over a minute after the Americans’ second goal. Canada would go on to score five more unanswered goals.

Bedard, a 17-year-old forward, is taking the hockey world by storm. He’s already broken the all-time Canadian records for goals, assists and points in this tournament. He’s also eligible to play for another two years. He added a goal and an assist yesterday, increasing his totals.

The IIHF World Junior Championship is widely heralded as the greatest junior tournament in hockey, comparable to basketball’s March Madness. It takes place from December to January each year.

Team Czechia beat Team Sweden in overtime earlier in the day. Canada will play Czechia for gold on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. MST. The U.S. will play Sweden for bronze on the same day at 12:30 p.m.