HELSINKI – The U.S. Men’s National Team lost to Slovakia, 4-1, here today in the final game of the preliminary round at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship.
Slovakia took a 2-0 lead on goals at :15 and 3:44 of the first period. Branko Radivojevic scored into a vacant net following a deflection behind the U.S. goal. Then Martin Bartek tallied from a sharp-angle skating down the left wing.
At 10:48 of the second period, Slovakia extended its advantage to 3-0 on Rene Vydareny’s power-play goal.
Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn./Hamilton Bulldogs/Univ. of North Dakota) cut the deficit to 3-1 with a hard wrist shot from the top of the right circle at 19:14. Matt Carle (Anchorage, Alaska/Tampa Bay Lightning/Univ. of Denver) earned the lone assist, while David Moss (Livonia, Mich./Phoenix Coyotes/Univ. of Michigan) screened goaltender Rastislav Stana.
Team USA pressed in the third period, pulling goalie Ben Bishop (Denver, Colo./Tampa Bay Lightning/Univ. of Maine) for an extra attacker with 2:17 to play. However, Slovakia notched an empty-net goal with 1:24 left to seal the game.
Bishop finished with 22 stops and Stana had 20 saves for Slovakia.
The United States won five of its seven preliminary round games and will receive the second or third seed in Thursday's (May 16) quarterfinal round. Team USA will face either Russia at 1:00 p.m. local time (6:00 a.m. EDT), or Finland at 6:30 p.m. local time (11:30 a.m. EDT). Regardless of the pairing, NBC Sports Network will televise the game live and it will be streamed live in the United States through NBC Sports Live Extra.
Scoring By Period
First Period – Scoring: 1, SVK, Radivojevic (Kopecky), 0:15; 2, SVK, Bartek (Satan), 3:44. Penalties: USA, Oshie (interference), 1:14; SVK, Jurcina (interference), 7:38.
Second Period – Scoring: 3, SVK, Vydareny (Zaborsky, Kukumberg), 10:48 (pp); 4, USA, Kristo (Carle), 19:14. Penalties: SVK, Bliznak (hooking), 3:07; USA, Smith (checking to the head), 8:57; USA, Smith (misconduct), 8:57.
Third Period – Scoring: 5, SVK, Dano (Satan), 18:36 (en). Penalties: USA, Johnson (slashing), 1:29; USA, Smith (cross-checking), 14:16; USA, Johnson (cross-checking), 19:54.
Shots by Period
|SVK, Stana 60:00||8/8||6/5||7/7||21/20|
|USA, Bishop 59:07||9/7||8/7||8/8||25/22|
Power Play: SVK, 1-5; USA, 0-2
Penalties: SVK, 2-4; USA, 6-20
NOTES: Matt Hunwick was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Alex Galchenyuk and T.J. Oshie each played in their first game of the tournament ... Paul Stastny is Team USA's captain. The alternate captains are Matt Carle and Nate Thompson ... Twenty-two of the 25 members of Team USA played U.S. college hockey ... Nine of the 25 players announced are products of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, including Matt Carle, Justin Faulk, John Gibson, Stephen Gionta, Matt Hunwick, Erik Johnson, Danny Kristo, Jamie McBain and Jacob Trouba ... Twelve NHL teams are represented on the roster, including the Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets ... Joe Sacco is the head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Men's Team. Tim Army, Danton Cole and Phil Housley are serving as assistant coaches ... The 2013 U.S. Men's National Team is under the direction of the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Members include NHL general managers Stan Bowman (Chicago), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh) and Dale Tallon (Florida) and NHL scouts Brian Burke (Anaheim) and Don Waddell (Pittsburgh) ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.