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USA falls to Czechia at Hlinka Gretzky Cup

In their second straight loss of the tournament, USA's record drops to 1-2.

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RED DEER, Alberta — After falling to Finland on Monday, Team USA looked to bounce back to a winning record Wednesday afternoon against Czechia.

Things started off slow for both teams, with the game scoreless through the first period. However, just under two minutes into the second period, Jan Kucera would get Czechia on the board for the 1-0 lead. Four penalties would be taken between the two teams, but Czechia would hang on to the lead heading into the third.

At 4:07 Jan Sprynar of Czechia extended his country's lead to 2-0, but 58 seconds later Team USA answered as Tanner Adams found the back of the net. With 5:20 left to play, Czechia went on the penalty kill, but pulled the goalie while a man short and Jakub Dvorak made it 3-1.

Team USA falls to a 1-2 record as the preliminary round of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup comes to a close. The semifinals begin on Friday. Team USA will play Slovakia at 2:30 p.m. CST.

This article was updated to correc the game time of USA's Friday game.

Kirsten Krull covers juniors and prospects for The Rink Live. She is a 2020 St. Cloud State graduate, and has been working in the hockey world for over six years, covering many levels of the game from juniors to the NHL.
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