U.S. stuns Canada 5-1 to reach final vs. Sweden
UFA, Russia – Jake McCabe and John Gaudreau scored two goals each Thursday to lead the United States to the final of the world junior hockey championships with a 5-1 win over Canada.
McCabe put his team ahead with a pair of identical goals, scoring through goalmouth scrambles in the first period.
“It feels awesome, especially in such an emotional game against Canada,” McCabe said. “I’m so proud of my team. This was the best game of the tournament for us.”
In the final, the Americans will face defending champion Sweden.
The Swedes beat Russia 3-2 in a penalty shootout with Sebastian Collberg scoring the winner.
Gaudreau made it 3-0 for the Americans, beating Malcolm Subban with a low shot on a sharp counter attack at 22:58.
Subban was substituted for Jordan Binnington after stopping 12 of 16 shots, and Jim Vesey extended the lead to four 10 minutes later.
Ty Rattie scored one for Canada with a short-handed goal at 44:03, but Gaudreau scored on another sharp attack with 4:19 to play.
United States goalie John Gibson made 33 saves for the victory.
Discussions continuing; Fehr still leading union
NEW YORK – After a long night of talks, the NHL and the union returned to the bargaining table Thursday, but not for long.
The sides met at the league office about three hours later than scheduled. The players’ association said it had been updating members on negotiations.
With the lockout in its 110th day, both sides understand the urgency to save a shortened season. They have several key issues to work out – pensions and salary cap limits, among them.
Commissioner Gary Bettman said a deal needs to be in place by next week so a 48-game season can begin Jan. 19.
The sides met in small groups throughout the day Wednesday. They held a full bargaining session with a federal mediator at night that lasted nearly five hours and ended about 1 a.m. local time Thursday.
The biggest detail to emerge was that Fehr remains executive director of the players’ association, which passed on its first chance to declare a disclaimer that would dissolve the union and turn it into a trade association.
South African Olympic mountain biker killed
JOHANNESBURG – Burry Stander, a two-time Olympian from South Africa and one of the world’s best mountain bikers, was killed while training Thursday when his bike collided with a taxi. The 25-year-old was riding his road bike at the time of the accident near his home in Shelley Beach, south of Durban.
Stander competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, finishing fifth at the London Games. He was a former under-19 and under-23 world champion.
Stander was a former pro mountain biking teammate of Durango Olympian Todd Wells.
Stander was the second leading cyclist to be killed in a road accident in South Africa in recent years. Carla Swart, a top collegiate cyclist at Lees-McRae College of North Carolina, died in January 2011 when she was hit by a truck while training.
Isner’s knee injury ends U.S. Hopman Cup hopes
PERTH, Australia – John Isner withdrew from the Hopman Cup on Thursday with a right knee injury, ending the American team’s chances of reaching the final of the eight-country tournament and handing a championship berth to Spain.
Isner, who still hopes to compete at the Australian Open beginning Jan. 14, played with tape on his knee when he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France on Tuesday.
He also lost to South African Kevin Anderson in his opening match on Sunday.