The United States, with goaltender Guy Hebert making four saves in a shootout after overtime, beat Canada, 5-4, Saturday and moved into the gold medal hockey game at the Goodwill Games.
In today’s championship game, the United States will meet the Soviet Union, which beat Sweden, 4-1, in the other semifinal.
Tim Sweeney and Tony Amonte both scored for the United States in the shootout, which followed a 10-minute scoreless overtime.
Sweeney, of Salt Lake City in the International Hockey League, put a shot between the legs of goalie Warren Sharples on the first attempt in the shootout of penalty shots. Hebert, who plays for Peoria of the IHL, then stopped Gary Shuchuk with a pad save.
Amonte’s wrist shot beat Sharples to the stick side, and that was all the United States needed. Hebert saved a weak wrist shot by Joe Juneau, Jason Lafreniere hit the crossbar and, when Brian Wilks couldn’t even get off a shot, the Americans had won.
Canada rallied to tie, 4-4, on a goal by Kent Manderville with 6:32 left in the third period. Earlier in the period, Tom Pederson of Minnesota put the United States ahead, 4-3.
Shawn McEachern had two goals for the Americans, and Pat Murray scored twice for Canada.
Before the shootout, Hebert made only 14 saves. Sharples, of the University of Michigan, stopped 26 shots.
Against the Soviet Union, Tomas Forslund scored for Sweden at 8:43 of the first period.
Vjatcheslav Kozlov tied the game at 14:33, and Andrei Kovalenko scored the winning goal at 1:54 of the third period. Pavel Bure added two goals for the Soviets.