For the second consecutive Winter Olympics, the United States’ men’s hockey team has failed to medal. Team USA’s run came to an end on Tuesday night in Pyeongchang after an intense 3-2 shootout loss to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal round. It was a hard-fought game that ultimately was separated by a single shootout tally, but the Americans wound up on the wrong side of that tight battle.
The Americans will likely dwell on some of the missed opportunities that could have swayed this game in another direction. Team USA went 0-for-5 on the power play, including a man-advantage in overtime. (The Czechs went 0-for-4 on the power play.) USA forward Brian O’Neill missed a potential late game-winning goal by an inch, and the U.S. failed to score at all in the shootout.
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