IIHF World Championships - Bronze Medal Game
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The U.S. has won the Bronze medal after winning in a 3-2 shootout. The U.S. gave up two late third period goals for Finland to come back and tie it up but rookie Alex Galchenyuk was the shootout hero as he scored twice to lift the U.S. to a medal.
It only took the U.S. 58 seconds to open the scoring as David Moss got the puck in front and made a pass to Craig Smith, who played it off his skate before he backhanded the puck past Antti Raanta.
A few minutes later, Juhamatti Aaltonen was all alone in front but John Gibson made the save to preserve the U.S. lead, 1-0.
The U.S went on the game’s first powerplay as Lauri Korpikoski was called for roughing and on the man-advantage, Smith from the point made a backhand pass to Stastny and with the one-timer, beat Raanta through the five-hole to put the U.S. up, 2-0.
In the second, Sakari Salminen carried the puck from behind the net and made a sharp angle shot but Gibson was able to hug the post and make the save.
In the other end, TJ Oshie from the corner made the pass to Tim Stapleton but Raanta made the huge glove save.
Finland had the chance to tie it up midway through the second when Sami Lepisto’s shot from the high slot was stopped. Petri Kontiola picked up the rebound but couldn’t find the back of the open net as his shot hit the side of the post.
Early in the third, a giveaway by Jacob Trouba in the slot gave Veli-Matti Savinainen the chance to put Finland on the board but Gibson was able to get a piece of it with his glove before he batted away the rebound.
Finland was able to pull within one as Ossi Vaanen kept the puck in the U.S. zone and from the blue line, shot the puck through traffic with Korpokoski beside the net to redirect the puck in past Gibson.
Shortly after, Aaltonen went on the breakaway but Gibson made the right pad save to keep the U.S.’s one goal lead.
Five minutes later, Mikael Granlund was in the corner, carried the puck to the net and made the short pass to Korpikoski, who found the back of the net to tie the game at two.
In the other end, the U.S. went on the two-on-one rush as Nate Thompson and Stephen Gionta drove to the net but Raanta made the huge save to keep the game tied at two.
In the dying seconds of the third, Finland almost won the game as Korpikoski threw the puck in front, where it was redirect off Granlund’s skate in front but it hit the post.
Sixty minutes would solve nothing so they went into overtime and the best scoring chance came from the U.S. when Trouba was all alone in the slot but his shot bounced off the top of Raanta’s stick and into the corner.
With less than a minute left in the extra frame, Petri Kontiola picked up the U.S. turnover in their zone and tried to go five-hole but Gibson made the quick pad save.
After ten minutes of overtime, they went to a shootout.
The U.S. went first and selected Craig Smith as their first shooter but he lost control of the puck before he was able to get a shot away.
Kontiola was first for Finland but Gibson made the glove save.
TJ Oshie was next for the U.S. but Raanta made the toe save to keep the shootout scoreless.
Janne Pesonen was second for Finland and beat Gibson top left hand corner to take the shootout lead, 1-0.
Alex Galchenyuk was U.S.’s third shooter and he tied it up as he found the top left hand corner.
Korpikoski was next but Gibson made the pad save.
Finland’s fourth shooter was Granlund and he tried the toe drag but missed the wide-open net.
Galchenyuk went again for Team USA and scored as he lifted the puck up and over Raanta’s pad.
Team USA wins the Bronze Medal in a 3-2 shootout against Finland. The last time the U.S. medaled was in 2004, where they also won the Bronze Medal.
Jeff Petry was pointless in the game with zero shots on net and 14:25 of ice time.
-- Wendy Mach, edmontonoilers.com