U.S. tops Canada 5-1, reaches World Juniors title game

The United States stopped Canada 5-1 Thursday in the World Junior Championships semifinals in Ufa, Russia. The Americans face Sweden in Saturday’s 7 a.m. final on the NHL Network. Sweden advanced with a shootout win over Russia.

Recaps from Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey here and Kevin Allen of USA Today here.

Also YouTube game video highlights here.

USA Hockey has a recap here.

Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin noted this week that his team is still a work in progress after the first half of the season. A News Tribune story is here.

In college hockey, U.S. College Hockey Online looks toward the second half of the WCHA season in a story here.

UMD Duluth recruit Blake Heinrich, a Sioux City defenseman, is among 40 players chosen for USHL-NHL Top Prospects game Jan. 23 at the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Mich. an update is here.