USA fall to Finland in IIHF semifinals, will face Czechia for bronze – The Rink Live

TAMPERE, Finland — With a 4-3 loss to Finland, Team USA is out of contention for gold at the 2022 IIHF World Men’s Championship. Finland got 25 saves from goalkeeper Jussi Olkinuora in front of their home crowd to seal their third consecutive trip to the gold medal game.

Team USA struck first just a minute into the opening period, with a goal from St. Cloud, Minnesota native Nate Schmidt (Winnipeg Jets).

Miro Heiskanen (Dallas Stars) scored for Finland later in the period to tie the game at one point.

In the second quarter, Finland got a power-play count from Sakari Manninen and an even-strength goal from Sami Vatanen to take a 3-2 lead in the final quarter after Team USA‘s only goal from Sean Farrell ( Harvard).

Finland added an insurance goal five minutes into Joel Armia’s third to take a 4-2 lead, and although the United States scored with the extra striker after pulling off Jeremy Swayman (Boston Bruins) That wouldn’t be enough for the Americans as they fell, 4-3.

Minnesota native Ben Meyers (Colorado Avalanche) had an assist in the game, while TJ Tynan (Ontario Reign) led the team with two points.

The Americans will play for bronze against the Czech Republic on Sunday, May 29 at 7:20 a.m. CT.

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