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Local Hockey Players Help Team USA Reach World Junior Championship

Four players from western Pennsylvania helped the Junior USA hockey team reach the gold-medal game in the World Junior Championship.

Four players from western Pennsylvania helped the Junior USA hockey team to a 5-1 victory over Canada to reach the gold medal game in the World Junior Championship.

The United States (4-2) will now face undefeated Sweden—3-2 winners over Russia in Thursday's other semifinal—for the gold. 

The gold-medal game will be played at 8 a.m. Eastern time Saturday in Russia. It will be broadcast on the NHL Network and live streamed on NHL.com.

Upper St. Clair native Vincent Trocheck scored one goal in USA's 5-1 win over rival Canada in Ufa, Russia.

Meanwhile, Whitehall native John Gibson has surrendered just one goal in two playoffs games to help lead Team USA to the Under-20 World Ice Hockey "Junior" Championships.

Riley Barber of Washington has played well in the tournament so far with three goals and two assists through five games.

Forward J.T. Miller of Coraopolis has two goals and six assists through six games.

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