Rocco Grimaldi and Team USA will play for gold at the World Junior Championship.
The Americans stunned Canada 5-1 in the semifinals early Thursday morning thanks to a pair of goals by Wisconsin defenseman Jake McCabe and Boston College forward Johnny Gaudreau.
Harvard forward Jimmy Vesey also scored for Team USA, while John Gibson was once again outstanding in net, stopping 33 of 34 shots.
Grimaldi set McCabe up for the second goal, which ended up being the eventual game-winner.
The last UND player to win a gold medal at the World Juniors was Danny Kristo (gold) in 2010. Derek Forbort and Brock Nelson won bronze in 2011.
Last year, the U.S. flopped and finished seventh, but the Americans are back on track this year. After dropping back-to-back 2-1 games against Canada and Russia, the U.S. faced an elimination game against Slovakia. Since then, they have outscored three opponents by the combined score of 21-4.
The U.S. will try to win its third goal medal ever in the event at 7 a.m. Saturday morning against Sweden. The U.S. also won gold in 2004 and 2010.
For Canada, this was a deeply disappointing loss. The Canadians figured to have one of their best teams ever with the NHL lockout allowing them to have their NHL players like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. However, the tournament ended with Canada suffering its most lopsided loss at the World Junior Championship since December 1997.