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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.

IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship 2022
Finland's Joel Armia and Juho Lammikko celebrate a goal scored by Miro Heiskanen against Team USA in an IIHF Men's World Championship semifinal Saturday, May 28, 2022, in Tampere, Finland.
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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).

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.

The Americans will play for bronze against Czechia on Sunday, May 29th, at 7:20 a.m. CT.

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