A bitter border rivalry is ready to resume, though it will take an early wakeup call to see it.
The United States and Canada are set to meet in the semifinals of the world junior championships Thursday. The game, held in Russia, will be televised live by NHL Network at 4 a.m. The host Russians will play Sweden at 8 a.m.
The United States, captained by Sabres prospect Jake McCabe, earned a semifinal bid by blasting Czech Republic, 7-0.
The Russians needed a shootout to finally dispatch Switzerland, 4-3. Mikhail Grigorenko, the Sabres' top prospect, scored once, assisted on the tying goal and found the net in the shootout.