April 29, 2009

USA blows big lead in world hockey

Kristian Huselius scored 1:59 into overtime Wednesday, completing a rally that gave Sweden a 6-5 win over the United States in the World Hockey Championships.

The Americans had a 5-2 lead midway through the third period, but coughed up the advantage and then fell in the final game of the preliminary round-robin phase of the tournament.

Despite the loss, the United States finished first in Group C and is all but assured of reaching the quarterfinals.

The top three teams from each of the four groups advance to the second round-robin portion of the event with the points earned in the first round carrying over.

Russia, Canada and Finland won the other groups during the tournament's first week.

The United States will play next on Friday against France, which finished third in its group. A meeting between Team USA and Russia Saturday will be one of the highlight attractions of the tournament, although those teams could meet again in the medal round.

The second round will begin Thursday with Russia meeting Sweden, Switzerland taking on Latvia, Belarus facing Norway and Canada playing the Czech Republic.