USA falls to Finland in IIHF semis, will play Czechia for bronze
The Finns will play for gold for the third straight tournament after a 4-3 win over the Americans, who haven't reached a men's world championship final since 1960.
TAMPERE, Finland — With a 4-3 loss to Finland, Team USA is no longer in contention for gold at the 2022 IIHF Men's World Championship. Finland got 25 saves from goaltender Jussi Olkinuora in front of its home crowd to seal its third-straight trip to the gold medal game.
Team USA struck first just a minute into the opening period, with a goal from St. Cloud, Minnesota, native Nate Schmidt (Winnipeg Jets).
Miro Heiskanen (Dallas Stars) scored for Finland later in the period to tie things up at one.
In the second frame, Finland got a power play tally from Sakari Manninen and an even strength goal from Sami Vatanen to take a 3-2 lead into the final frame after Team USA's single goal from Sean Farrell (Harvard).
SNIPE from @seanfarrell_21! #MensWorlds pic.twitter.com/ytIXzdnrCq— USA Hockey (@usahockey) May 28, 2022
Finland added an insurance goal five minutes into the third from Joel Armia to take a 4-2 lead, and although the U.S. did score a goal with the extra attacker after pulling Jeremy Swayman (Boston Bruins), that wouldn't be enough for the Americans as they fell, 4-3.
Minnesota native Ben Meyers (Colorado Avalanche) tallied an assist in the match, while T.J. Tynan (Ontario Reign) led the team with two points.
Joel Armia threads the needle 🪡👀@leijonat extends the lead to 4-2#FINUSA #IIHFWorlds @CanadiensMTL pic.twitter.com/SRrNykjlWP— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 28, 2022
The Americans will play for bronze against Czechia on Sunday, May 29th, at 7:20 a.m. CT.