The United States defeated Canada 5-1 in the semifinals at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship behind an offensive outburst and outstanding goaltending.
Jake McCabe, who is a Sabres prospect had two goals and an assist while John Gaudreau had a pair of goals as the USA advances to Saturday's gold-medal game. Up next for the Americans, defending champion Sweden.
According to NHL.com, The United States has won the gold medal just twice in WJC history, in 2004 and 2010.
"The guys played very, very hard," American coach Phil Housley said. "I'm really proud of them. We got the start we needed. I thought we set the pace there early, getting pucks deep and we got that all-important first goal. The second period we capitalized on some early opportunities and Johnny Gibson made some big momentum saves for us. We really got settled in at that point."
McCabe was named player of the game.Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL