Americans Advance Canadians Clinch Bye In WJC

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Americans advance, Canadians clinch bye in WJC January 1, 2013 8:58 AM

The United States qualified for the medal round and Canada earned a bye into the semifinals Monday on the final day of the preliminary round at the IIHF 2013 World Junior Championship.

A much-needed offensive explosion helped the Americans defeat Slovakia 9-3 and finish third in Group B. They will face the Czech Republic, which finished second in Group A, in a quarterfinal Wednesday at 4 a.m. ET. Should the United States defeat the Czechs, who grabbed the second spot in their group with an overtime win Monday against Switzerland, the Americans would have a rematch with Canada in the semifinals.

The Canadians defeated their rivals from Russia in the last game of the day Monday to finish a perfect 4-0-0 in group play and claim the top spot in Group B. They will have two days off before facing the winner of the United States-Czech Republic contest on Thursday.

Russia will face Switzerland in the other quarterfinal at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Switzerland grabbed the third spot in Group A after Finland was defeated by Sweden. The Swedes claimed the top spot in the group, and will face the winner of Russia-Switzerland in the semifinals.

Both quarterfinals Wednesday will be aired live on the NHL Network, while the United States-Czech Republic game will also be streamed live on NHL.com in the United States.

* Game to be live streamed on NHL.com

(Medal Round Replays To Be Announced)
QUARTERFINALS:

Wed Jan. 2 4:00 AM USA vs. CZE 5:30 PM Wed Jan. 2 8:00 AM RUS vs. SUI 8:00 PM SEMIFINALS:
Thurs Jan. 3 4:00 AM TBD 5:30 PM Thurs Jan. 3 8:00 AM TBD 8:00 PM MEDAL ROUND
BRONZE:
Sat Jan. 5 4:00 AM TBD 5:30 PM GOLD: Sat Jan 5 8:00 AM TBD 8:00 PM

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