Men’s Hockey World Cup Betting: U.S. Loses to Finland at Hockey WC, extending streak
On Monday at the world championship, the United States men’s ice hockey team was defeated by the host nation of Finland by a score of 4-1. This loss extended the United States losing streak against defending Olympic champion teams at major tournaments.
For Finland, goals were scored by Mikael Granlund, Valtteri Filppula, Sakari Manninen, and Mikko Lehtonen. Finland is attempting to become the first nation since Sweden in 2006 to win both the Olympic and world titles in the same calendar year. Before this year, the women’s world championships did not take place in the same year as the Olympics.
Alex Galchenyuk scored the lone goal for the United States men’s team in their fifth consecutive loss to the team that currently holds the title of Olympic champion. They suffered defeat at the hands of Russia at the 2019 World Championships, Canada at the 2016 World Championships (twice), and Brazil at the 2014 Olympics. (Additionally, a defeat at the hands of Canada in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.)
The 2012 World Championship was the last major tournament in which they were victorious over the team that was currently holding the title of Olympic champion.
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Prior to that, the men’s national team of the United States had dropped nine straight major matches to the teams that were currently holding the title of gold medalists, beginning with their most recent regulation victory (10 if you count their loss to Canada at the 2004 World Cup), which came against Sweden at the 1996 Worlds.
In its first three out of seven games in its group at these world championships, the United States has one win in regulation, one win in overtime, and one loss. The top four teams in each of the groups, with a total of eight teams, will advance to the quarterfinals the following week.
Strauss Mann, who will play goal for the United States on Monday, along with forwards Sean Farrell and Ben Meyers, all competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. None of the players on the United States roster are older than 30.
Galchenyuk, a forward for the Arizona Coyotes, and Seth Jones, a defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks who has been named an All-Star four times, are the most notable NHL veterans.
David Quinn, who previously served in the same capacity for the Olympic team, is the current head coach. In the eight world championships that have taken place since 2013, the United States of America won bronze for the fourth time last year.
1950 was the last time the United States of America won silver at a world championship that stood on its own. 1933 was the last time they won gold at a world competition that was held on its own.