USA Hockey Falls to Sweden in Bronze Medal Game

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BERN, Switzerland (AP) - The United States failed to hold an early lead and lost to Sweden 4-2 in the bronze medal game at the hockey world championship Sunday.

Sweden scored all four goals on power plays, with Loui Eriksson and Tony Martensson tallying in the second period and Carl Gunnarsson adding a third with 11 minutes left. Johnny Oduya scored into an empty net in the final seconds.

The U.S. team took the lead on Jack Johnson's power-play goal in the second, and tied it on Joe Pavelski's effort early in the third.

Stefan Liv had 37 saves for the win, and Robert Esche made 24 stops.

Sweden won its first medal since taking gold in 2006.

Defending champion Russia and Canada play for the gold medal later Sunday.


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