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U.S. Falls 1-0 To Czechia In Men’s Worlds Quarterfinals

By USA Hockey, 05/23/24, 5:15PM EDT


Team USA Finishes Tournament With 5-0-1-2 Record

PRAUGE – The U.S. Men’s National Team outshot Czechia, 36-28, including by a 27-16 count in the final two periods, but dropped a 1-0 decision before a capacity and partisan crowd here in quarterfinal play tonight at the 2024 IIHF Men’s World Championship.  

“I thought we left it all out on the ice and I’m proud of our effort” said John Hynes (Warwick, R.I.), head coach of the 2024 U.S. Men’s National Team. “It was a great hockey game and terrific atmosphere. Unfortunately, we came up short, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort.” 

The U.S. finished the tournament with a 5-0-1-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record and in fifth place among the 16 teams. 

The game opened with pace and speed as the teams traded opportunities back and forth throughout the first 20 minutes. Czechia edged the U.S. in shots, 12-7 as the teams entered the first intermission scoreless.  

In the opening minutes of the second, Team USA had the first power play opportunity of the game, but despite continuous pressure, was unable to score.  

Just moments after killing off the U.S. power play, Czechia had a power play opportunity of its own and took just :16 to capitalize when a one-timer from the top of the zone deflected off Pavel Zacha’s torso and trickled over the goal line for the first score of the game.  

A late power play for the U.S. as time expired in the middle frame included a number of chances by Team USA, including a fluttering shot from the slot from Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis./Montreal Canadiens) that was gloved by Czechia’s Lukas Dostal.  

Opening the final period with 47 seconds left on the power play, the U.S. posted a flurry of offense to open the third. With time expiring on the power play, Matt Boldy (Mills, Mass./Minnesota Wild) corralled a rebound from a point-blank shot from Brady Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo./Ottawa Senators) at the hash marks, but Dostal was once again there to keep the Americans scoreless.  


Mikey Eyssimont (Littleton, Colo./Tampa Bay Lightning) had a quality chance with 8:27 remaining in the game, but once again, Dostal smothered the puck. Caufield picked the puck up behind the net before finding Eyssimont who ripped a wrist shot from the left dot.  

Despite consistent offensive pressure, the U.S. could not find the back of the net in the closing minutes of the game, ultimately dropping the contest 1-0.  

Charlie Lindgren (Lakeville, Minn./Washington Captials), who was named the U.S. Player of the Game, made 27 saves in net.  

NOTES: Matt Boldy, Brady Tkachuk and Zach Werenski were named Team USA’s top three players of the tournament  ... Team USA was 0-2 on the power play, while Czechia was 1-1. The Czech power play goal was the only man advantage goal of the tournament allowed by the U.S. 

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