Team USA drops “a tough one” in semifinals of world hockey championship. Czechia will be next

TAMPERE, Finland — Team USA lost the semi-final round of the ice Hockey World Championship for the second year in a row.

Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen The host nation of Finland beat the Americans by 4-3 in front 11,055 fans Saturday with a goal, two assists, and a goal. Montreal Canadiens Forward Joel Armia Former New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen Finland won the championship against Canada by adding a goal and an assists each.

Finland's president said that “it's special.” Mikko Lehtonen, a former Toronto Maple Leafs A defenseman with 10 points. “It's always one game at the moment. It's the final. It doesn’t matter who your opponent is, but for the home fans it’s always something special.”

Canada, the winner of the tournament last year, defeated Czechia 6-1 in the second semifinal. Buffalo Sabres Center Dylan Cozens Canada scored twice, a team full of NHL players whose teams are not in this postseason.

Canada's victory was our goal Ryan GravesThe Devils' defenseman, John, stated. We take pride in hockey. Hockey is a part of our DNA as Canadians. I know that everyone back home wants us to win the gold medal. It's an honour to represent your country, and that's why we came over.”

Ottawa Senators Forward Adam Gaudette Team USA was awarded this award. Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman A late addition to the roster following the elimination of Boston in Round 1. Carolina Hurricanes — made 22 saves in the loss. In the semifinal round of last year's tournament, Canada defeated the Americans by 4-2.

Sean Farrell from the USA, left wing, stated that “it's definitely a hard one,” a Canadiens prospect. “We tried our best, but they're a great team and we ended up winning. “We need to refocus and be ready for battle for the bronze (Sunday).

Czechia will play Team USA in the third-place playoff on Sunday.

This will be Finland's third consecutive championship final. In 2019, the Finns defeated Canada 3-1. The tournament was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Everybody's cheering us on,” Finland forward Mikael GranlundThe center for the Nashville Predators, said. “We just try our best to get as much energy out of that. It should be enjoyable (Sunday), but it's important to get ready, enjoy the moment, and then get ready for the next.

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