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Liles, Team USA Aim for Bronze Medal

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles and Team USA dropped a 3-2 decision to Russia on Friday in the semifinal round at the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship.

Liles saw 18:37 of ice time on Friday and notched an assist on Kyle Okposo’s second-period goal. The defenseman now has eight points (1g/7a) through eight games at the event, tying him with Dustin Brown (3g/5a) atop Team USA’s scoring chart.

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The United States will next face Sweden in the bronze-medal game. Sweden was defeated by Canada, 3-1, in Friday's other semifinal tilt.

Both the bronze and gold-medal games will be contested on Sunday, May 10. The battle for the bronze commences at 8:00 a.m. MT, while the event culminates with the gold-medal contest at 12:15 p.m., with Canada facing off against Russia.

The United States will be aiming for its first medal at the event since 2004, when the club – guided by head coach Peter Laviolette – earned a bronze medal.

Universal Sports will provide both live streaming and television coverage of the bronze and gold-medal contests.

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