USA 18s reach title game; Stapleton and Faulk at USA World team; Lacquette on Canadian women’s roster; Irvin 5K filled; Boston Magazine has heartfelt cover

The United States defeated Russia 4-3 in a shootout Friday in the semifinals of the World U18 Championships in Sochi, Russia. The four-time defending champion Americans advance to face Canada in Sunday’s 11 a.m. title game. USA Hockey has a report here. Canada defeated Finland 3-1 in the other semifinal. An update from Canadian Press is here.

Former Minnesota Duluth players Tim Stapleton and Justin Faulk have been named to the United States team for the 2013 World Championships May 3-19 in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden. Stapleton is with HC Dinamo Minsk and Faulk with the Carolina Hurricanes. has a news release here.

Canada has also named 27 women to centralize in advance of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi — including Minnesota Duluth defenseman Brigette Lacquette, and former Bulldogs defenseman Jocelyne Larocque, and forwards Haley Irwin and Caroline Ouellette. News releases from the IIHF here and Hockey here.

The 17th Icebreaker Tournament comes to Mariucci Arena on Oct. 11-12 to officially open the 2013-14 season. Joining Minnesota are Mercyhurst, Clarkson and New Hampshire. The University of Minnesota has a news release here and NCAA Hockey a news release here.

Grandma’s Marathon announced Thursday that the 1,900-runner field for the 20th William A. Irvin 5K is closed. The 3.1-mile race is 6 p.m. on Friday, June 21. On June 22, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon registration is also closed, but entries remain for the 37th Grandma’s Marathon at the event web site here.

Boston Magazine has a unique, heartfelt cover this week in tribute to the 2013 Boston Marathon. The cover and explanation of how it came to be is here.