Group USA Drops Bronze-Medal Recreation to Czechia

Team USA Drops Bronze-Medal Game to Czechia

Czechia obtained the lone of the center stanza. It got here at 12:12 on a fortuitous play as a bouncing puck was blocked on the prime of the crease by Peeke, hung in his tools, however in the end dropped to the ice the place Jiri Smejkahl put it residence. Boldy made a nifty transfer with simply over two minutes within the interval and despatched a tough wrister to the online that went off the shoulder of Czechia netminder Karel Vejmelka.

Czechia opened the third interval with three objectives within the first 3:30 of the stanza to construct a 5-3 benefit. The U.S. had an influence play with simply lower than six minutes remaining, however the czechs tallied shorthanded to basically finish a comeback bid by Group USA. 

The ultimate U.S. aim got here with 1:19 to play as Thomas Bordeleau (Houston, Texas) tapped in a centering cross from Austin Watson (Ann Arbor, Mich.). 

For the second straight sport, the U.S. performed with simply 4 true defensemen. Seth Jones (Frisco, Texas) performed simply in need of half-hour within the sport on the blueline whereas alternate captain Nate Schmidt (St. Cloud, Minn.) performed virtually 28 minutes.

Jeremy Swayman (Anchorage, Alaska) made 25 saves within the loss.

“I couldn’t be extra pleased with this staff,” mentioned David Quinn, head coach of the 2022 U.S. Males’s Nationwide Group. “In the long run, we simply ran out of gasoline. We confronted quite a lot of adversity, however that solely made our group stronger as we went alongside and I informed our staff they are often pleased with what they completed in ending within the prime 4 on the planet.”

NOTES: Karson Kuhlman, with two objectives, was named the U.S. Participant of the Recreation … Czechia outshot the U.S. 33-24 … Group USA was 1-3 on the facility play, whereas Czechia was 1-4.