Russia Ends U.S. Hopes for World Gold

The United States hasn’t played for the gold medal in a non-Olympic World Championship since 1950.

Maybe 2010.

Russia extinguished the Americans’ hopes at a shot at gold with a late power-play goal Friday and a 3-2 victory in the semifinals.

Konstantin Gorovikov broke a 2-2 tie with 1:47 remaining and former North Dakota forward T.J. Oshie serving a hooking penalty.

The Americans will play Sweden for the bronze medal on Sunday. The game starts at 10 a.m. Eastern time and can be seen at

Dustin Brown and former Minnesota forward Kyle Okposo scored for the U.S., which can win its first World Championship medal since a bronze in 2004 with a victory Sunday.

Robert Esche made 20 saves for the U.S. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 18 shots for Russia.


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