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Team USA comes back after slow start, defeats Austria in overtime

After an early 2-0 deficit, Team USA clawed their way back into the game and tie things up late in the third period and later on would win it in overtime off a Luke Hughes breakaway goal.

Ben Meyers (39) skates prior to the game against Team China
Ben Meyers (39) skates prior to the game against Team China during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at National Indoor Stadium.
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TAMPERE, Finland — Team USA had a less than ideal start to their second game of the IIHF 2022 Men's World Championship on Sunday, but rallied for a 3-2 overtime victory.

Team Austria grabbed an early lead in the first period with a goal from Benjamin Nisser.

Austria would score again to give itself a two-goal lead, this time in the second period.

The Americans found their footing just 17 seconds after the second Austrian goal to put themselves on the board. Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minnesota / New York Islanders) banked a shot off of a defender and into the goal to decrease the deficit to only one.

In the third period, the U.S. completed the rally and tie things up 2-2 on the power play off a long shot, blocker side goal from Adam Gaudette (Braintree, Massachusetts / Ottawa Senators).

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Three minutes into the extra period, Luke Hughes (Manchester, New Hampshire / University of Michigan) scored on a low glove-side shot on a breakaway against the Austrian goaltender for the win.

Delano, Minnesota, native and former Minnesota Golden Gopher, Ben Meyers had a point on the night with an assist on the second goal.

Strauss Mann (Greenwich, Connecticut / San Jose Sharks) earned win in goal for the U.S.

The Americans are now 2-0 in the preliminary round of the tournament (one regular win, one overtime win). Team USA's next game is Monday, May 16 at 12:20 p.m. CT against Team Finland.

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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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