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Plagued by penalties, Team USA loses to Finland, 4-1

Special teams were a large factor of the outcome of the game as the United States gave up three power play goals in the first two periods.

Strauss Mann of Team USA blocks the puck
Strauss Mann of Team USA blocks the puck during the 2022 Beijing Olympics quarterfinals Feb. 16, 2022, against Slovakia.
Annegret Hilse / Reuters

TAMPERE, Finland. — Team USA racked up a total of 41 penalty minutes in Monday's 4-1 loss to Finland in the 2022 IIHF Men's World Championship.

The Finnish power play proved to be too much for the American penalty kill, with three of their four goals coming from that unit.

Finland scored two of those power play goals after Austin Watson (Ann Arbor, Michigan / Ottawa Senators) received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for illegal checking to the head.

Team USA scored their lone goal of the game late in the third period as Alex Galchenyuk (Milwaukee, Wisconsin / Arizona Coyotes) put one past the Finnish netminder off of a feed from Luke Hughes (Manchester, New Hampshire / University of Michigan) and captain Seth Jones (Arlington, Texas / Chicago Blackhawks).

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Team USA is now 1-1-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in the preliminary round of the 2022 IIHF Men's World Championship. The team will be back in action on Thursday, May 19, at 8:20 a.m. CT to face-off against Great Britain.

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Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies and was a part of the University Honors Program.
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