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World Juniors 2017 scores: United States will play for gold after thrilling semifinal win over Russia

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The best game of the 2017 World Juniors.

Team Unites States v Team Russia - Semifinal - 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

One of the most exciting games in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship history ended with the United States advancing to the gold medal game for just the fifth time in the country’s history.

Team USA used two goals from Troy Terry in the shootout to seal a 4-3 win over Russia in the semi-final on Wednesday. The victory was the Americans’ second over Russia in the tournament.

Colin White scored twice in the win. Denis Gurianov scored twice in the game and twice in the shootout in Russia’s elimination.

The United States will play either Canada or Sweden in the gold medal game on Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. ET in the Bell Centre in Montreal. TV information is listed here. Russia will play the loser of Canada-Sweden for the bronze medal at 3:30 p.m. ET before the gold medal game.

Russia has earned a medal in six consecutive World Juniors.

The semi-final game began with a quick pace, but Russia gained two of the earliest scoring chances. USA goalie Tyler Parsons stopped a back-hander from Russian winger Denis Gurianov minutes into the game, but he lost the puck on a Kirill Kaprizov wrap-around attempt midway through the period.

It was Kaprizov’s eighth goal of the tournament and the 26th point for Russia’s top line. Russia’s goalie had a brain freeze of his own just as the first period ended, however.

The goal would ultimately be changed to belong to Colin White.

Russia re-took the lead less than three minutes into the second period. Gurianov finally cashed in off a rebound, beating Parsons for his second tournament goal and a 2-1 Russia lead.

When Yakov Trenin went off for slashing, the United States immediately cashed in. Captain Luke Kunin finished off a gorgeous passing sequence by Jeremy Bracco and Jordan Greenway. It was Kunin’s second goal of the tournament.

After Kunin’s goal, the United States began buzzing around the Russian net. After killing a penalty, the USA took a 3-2 lead when Colin White’s shot was deflected into Samsonov’s net.

A minute after Clayton Keller’s penalty shot was denied by Samsonov in the third period, Gurianov slipped the puck under Parsons on the breakaway for the game-tying goal. Gurianov was arguably the best player for either team on Wednesday.

The game flew into overtime, and the United States gave up a couple of high-grade chances. Their highest-grade chance, however, didn’t go in because of ... magic.

The shootout went past the obligatory five rounds and ended when Troy Terry dangled his way to a game-winner.