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Team USA gets on roll in win over Great Britain

After a slow start and four minor penalties in the first period, a goal from former Golden Gopher Ben Meyers kickstarted Team USA to a 3-0 win over Great Britain.

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Team United States forward Sean Farrell (26) celebrates teammates after scoring a goal against Team China during the third period Thursday, Feb. 10 during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at National Indoor Stadium.
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TAMPERE, Finland — After taking four minor penalties in the first period, Team USA found its footing late in the game for a 3-0 win Thursday, May 19 over Great Britain at the 2022 IIHF Men's World Championship.

Former Minnesota Golden Gopher and Delano, Minnesota, native Ben Meyers (Colorado Avalanche) scored the first goal for Team USA halfway through the second period. Meyers tipped the puck into the net off a shot from Andrew Peeke (Parkland, Florida / Columbus Blue Jackets).

In the third period, Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minnesota / New York Islanders) scored back-to-back power play goals to give Team USA a three-goal lead at 3-0.

Defenseman Jon Merrill (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma / Minnesota Wild), who just joined Team USA for his first game of the tournament, was injured during the game and did not play the remainder of the contest. It is unknown what the state of the injury is or what his status will be for the rest of the tournament.

Jeremy Swayman (Anchorage, Alaska / Boston Bruins) earned the win in goal for the Americans, stopping all 17 shots on goal.

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Along with Kieffer Bellows' two-goal performance, Sean Farrell (Hopkinton, Massachusetts / Harvard) and Nate Schmidt (St. Cloud, Minnesota / Winnipeg Jets) both posted two assists a piece.

Team USA is now 2-1-1-0 (W-L-OTW-OTL) while Great Britain moves to 0-3-0-1.

Team USA will play again on Saturday, May 21 against Sweden at 4:20 a.m. CT. The game can be watched via the NHL Network.

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