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Minnesota connections lead Team USA to quarterfinal berth with win over Norway

Minnesota Wild players Matt Boldy and Ryan Hartman both scored for Team USA, along with Minnesota native and former Golden Gopher Ben Meyers.

Ben Meyers of Team USA in action against Canada
Ben Meyers of Team USA in action with Mason Mctavish of Canada during a preliminary round game Feb. 12, 2022, during the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
David W. Cerny / Reuters

TAMPERE, Finland — Team USA has officially secured their spot in the IIHF 2022 Men's World Championship quarterfinals after defeating Norway, 4-2.

USA put themselves up 2-0 in the first period, off of goals from Minnesota Wild players Ryan Hartman and Matt Boldy, who both just joined the team a few days ago.

Andreas Martinsen of Norway scored the frst goal of the game in the second period.

Minnesota native and former Golden Gophers player Ben Meyers (Colorado Avalanche), immediately found an answer for Team USA off a great back-and-forth play with teammate Luke Hughes (Manchester, New Hampshire / Michigan).

Norway tried to rally in the third, scoring early on to decrease the American lead to one, but that wouldn't be enough as Sean Farrell (Hopkinton, Massachusetts / Harvard) scored an empty net goal to secure the win 4-2.

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Both Jeremy Swayman (Boston Bruins) and Strauss Mann (San Jose Sharks) played in net for Team USA.

Alex Galchenyuk (Arizona Coyotes) posted a team high two points in the game for his two assists.

Esko, Minnesota, native and Minnesota-Duluth alum Karson Kuhlman (Seattle Kraken) tacked on an assist during the game as well.

With the win, Team USA now advances to the quarterfinal matchups of the tournament, with opponents to be determined. The game will be played at either 8:20 a.m. or 12:20 p.m. in either Helsinki or Tampere, Finland, on Thursday, May 26.

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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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