Several 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.
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. That game will be held on Saturday in Russia at 8 a.m. Eastern time.
Forward J.T. Miller of Coraopolis has two goals and six assists through six games.
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 is at 8 a.m. on Saturday on the NHL Network and live streamed on NHL.com.