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One team will be perfect and the other will be heartbroken by the end of today's championship at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
A pair of undefeated teams, Team Ontario and Team USA, will square off in the final at MTS Centre (7:30 p.m.).
Team USA advanced to the final with a 6-5 overtime win over Team Pacific and Team Ontario edged Team Quebec 2-1 in extra time for passage to the championship.
Ontario's Sean Monahan scored less than two minutes into overtime to push his team into the final. Monahan grabbed the puck and drove to the net, shaking off a defender before whipping a shot through the legs of Quebec goalie Francois Tremblay.
"This was an exciting game and the final should be an exciting game with two big teams going after one another," said Monahan. "We need to play Canadian hockey and hit and finish our checks. That's our style and that's the way we have to play."
Ontario scored the lone goal of the first period as Monahan banged the puck in from the slot after a scramble on Tremblay's doorstep.
Team Quebec evened the score in the second period as Charles Simard-Hudon grabbed a loose puck in the crease and swept it past Ontario goalie Daniel Altshuller.
Both Ontario and USA went 4-0 in the round-robin and are now a perfect 5-0 heading into the final.
With just over two minutes left in the 10-minute overtime frame, USA's Nicolas Kerdiles shook loose in the slot and grabbed a pass before whipping the winner by Team Pacific goalie Devon Fordyce.
The Americans shot out to a 5-1 lead before Team Pacific scored two goals to close the second period and two more in the third to force overtime.
Team USA entered the semis as a top seed, and with their defending champion status were a strong favourite.
But Team Pacific threw a scare into them and U.S. coach Danton Cole says that's a good thing.
"Especially when it works out for you, to face a little adversity is good for you," said Cole. "We haven't had anything closer than three goals. That was a big test. I'm glad we went through it and I like the way they responded."
A pair of goals from Ryan Hartman and singles by Jacob Trouba, Stefan Matteau and Matt Grzelcyk had the Americans ahead 5-1 midway through the second period.
Brandon Magee had staked Team Pacific a 1-0 lead before the U.S. jumped all over the Canadian skaters for a four-goal advantage.
After a period or more of all U.S.A., Team Pacific began the long climb back. A pair of markers from Morgan Rielly and singles to Hunter Shinkaruk and Troy Bourke got Team Pacific even in the match.
Team Pacific had its chances in overtime before Kerdiles popped one in and brought his teammates steaming off the bench.
Kerdiles said his teammates will use Monday's nervous moments to ready them for today's final.
"It was more of a wake-up call, it's going to wake us up for (Tuesday)," said Kerdiles. "Coach called that timeout (with the score tied 5-5) and everyone was talking on the bench and being positive and making sure we didn't get too worried. Everybody stayed composed. We had been in that situation before and we knew how to handle it."
Close to 11,000 tickets had been sold to today's final as of late Monday. Both upper and lower bowl tickets are still available.
World Under-17 Hockey Challenge final
Ontario vs. United States
7:30 p.m., MTS Centre