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Junior hockey: UMD players help US win quarterfinal

Minnesota Duluth freshman Noah Cates scored the first goal to help Team USA defeat Czech Republic 3-1 on Wednesday in a quarterfinal game of the World Junior Championship at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, British Columbia.

Minnesota Duluth freshman Noah Cates scored the first goal to help Team USA defeat Czech Republic 3-1 on Wednesday in a quarterfinal game of the World Junior Championship at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, British Columbia.

Cates tallied at 12:12 of the first period, and teammate Josh Norris made it 2-0 at 6:10 of the second period.

After the Czechs scored midway through the third period, Alexander Chmelevski clinched a semifinal berth on a goal assisted by UMD sophomore defenseman Mikey Anderson with 39 seconds to play.

UMD sophomore defenseman Dylan Samberg is also on the U.S. team for which Bulldogs head coach Scott Sandelin is an assistant.

The Americans will play in the semifinal round Friday. Finland, which beat Canada 2-1 in overtime, also qualified as did Switzerland. Russia and Slovakia played in a late quarterfinal.

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