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U.S. males’s hockey group reaches world championship semifinals


May 26, 2023

The U.S. males’s hockey group beat Czechia 3-0 to succeed in the semifinals on the world championship, profitable its eighth consecutive sport to begin the match.

The Individuals obtained objectives from Calgary Flames ahead Matt Coronato, Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nick Perbix and rising Boston Faculty sophomore Cutter Gauthier. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Casey DeSmith saved all 15 pictures at worlds co-hosted by Finland and Latvia.

The U.S. performs Germany in Saturday’s semifinals, trying to clinch its first gold or silver medal at worlds since 1950 (silver). Its solely gold at a standalone worlds got here in 1933.

The U.S. misplaced all 11 of its semifinals at worlds because the IIHF reinstituted a bracketed playoff spherical in 1992, together with final 12 months.

This 12 months’s U.S. group, which incorporates three 2022 Olympians, has zero gamers with NHL All-Star expertise for the primary time at worlds since 2010. In most years, there have been one or two gamers with All-Star expertise whereas most select relaxation after a seven-month NHL marketing campaign or are nonetheless enjoying within the NHL playoffs.

But the U.S. has gained all eight video games below San Jose Sharks head coach David Quinn, who additionally coached the group on the 2022 Olympics (quarterfinals) and 2022 Worlds (fourth place). Earlier than this 12 months, the U.S. had by no means gained greater than six consecutive video games to begin a worlds.

NHL gamers didn’t take part on the final two Olympics however proceed to be eligible for worlds and will return for the 2026 Milano-Cortina Winter Video games.

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