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Ivan Hlinka Tournament: USA, Canada clash in semifinal

Minnesota commit Thomas Novak is the tournament's leading point producer.

Northeastern commit Matt Filipe
Northeastern commit Matt Filipe
Justin Soderberg

The United States will go up against Canada for a right to play for the Gold Medal in the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. The Red, white and blue will clash against its fierce rival to the north on Friday morning at 11:30 a.m. ET.

The US rifled off two consecutive lopsided wins, 7-4 over the Russians and 9-4 over Finland, following an opening game setback to the Czech Republic.

Minnesota recruit Thomas Novak leads the tournament in scoring with two goals and five assists through three games. Wisconsin commit Brock Boeser has five goals and an assist, good for the tournament lead in goal scoring and trailing only Novak in points.

Tri-City Americans (WHL) goaltender Evan Sarthou has been the mainstay between the pipes for the Americans.

The high-scoring US team will have to go up against either Zachary Sawchenko or Callum Booth in net for the Canadians. Booth, a former prep goaltender at Salisbury, opted for the major junior route and plays for the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL.


Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSports.