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Former Golden Gopher Ben Meyers leads Team USA into IIHF semifinals

Minnesota native Ben Meyers' two-goal game helps propel Team USA into the semifinal matchup of the IIHF Men's World Championship.

Forward Ben Meyers (39) of Team USA and Slovakia defender Martin Gernat (28) go for the puck
Forward Ben Meyers (39) of Team USA and Slovakia defender Martin Gernat (28) go for the puck in the men’s ice hockey quarterfinal during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at National Indoor Stadium.
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HELSINKI, Finland — Multiple Minnesotans contributed to a 3-0 win for Team USA in their quarterfinal matchup against Switzerland on Thursday, May 26 in the 2022 IIHF Men's World Championship.

Delano, Minnesota, native and former Golden Gophers standout Ben Meyers (Colorado Avalanche) lit the lamp for the Americans early in the first period on the power play for an 1-0 lead.

Only a few minutes after, Adam Gaudette (Ottawa Senators) scored to increase Team USA's lead to 2-0 in the first period.

Late in the third period, Ben Meyers scored his second of the game off a great feed from fellow Minnesotan Karson Kuhlman (Seattle Kraken).

Team USA then held on to its lead for the few remaining minutes to win their quarterfinal match.

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Edina, Minnesota, native Kieffer Bellows (New York Islanders) tallied an assist in the game.

Jeremy Swayman (Boston Bruins) received the win in net.

Team USA will play their semifinal game on Saturday, May 28, at 6:20 a.m. against Finland.

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