Four years after battling each other in one of the most gripping Olympic ice hockey finals, rivals Canada and the United States will be at it again to see who gets to play for Sochi gold.
The Americans beat the Czech Republic 5-2 in one Winter Olympics quarterfinal Wednesday, and Canada defeated Latvia 2-1 in another, setting up a U.S.-Canada semifinal on Friday.
Five different players scored for the United States. James Van Riemsdyk scored less than two minutes into the game, and the Czech Republic's Ales Hemsky responded with a goal of his own three minutes later.
But the Americans went ahead for good with a Dustin Brown goal later in the first period.
In the other late-Wednesday quarterfinal, Canada outshot Latvia 57-16 but didn't get the game-winner until late in the third period.
Finland, which knocked out host Russia in their quarterfinal earlier Wednesday, will face Sweden in Friday's other semifinal.
At the 2010 games in Vancouver, Canada beat the United States 3-2 in overtime to win the gold.