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Team USA Falls To Germany

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The United States and Germany officially kicked off the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship today in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The game was held at Gelsenkirchen's VELTINS-Arena, home of the German soccer league's FC Schalke, and drew a world record crowd of 77,803 spectators.

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The United States, which has Avalanche forward T.J. Galiardi on its roster and boasts Joe Sacco as an assistant coach, lost to the host country by a 2-1 count in overtime on Friday

After a scoreless opening period, the Germans took a 1-0 lead at the 5:20 mark of the middle frame. Ryan Carter evened things up for the Americans at 8:28 of the third period, sending the teams to an extra session. There, Felix Schutz scored just 21 seconds in to give Team Germany the victory.

Galiardi, wearing jersey No. 18 for the United States at the event, had a team-high five shots on goal in 15:25 of ice time in the loss.

Playing The Role Of Host: The 2010 World Championship is taking place in Cologne, Gelsenkirchen and Mannheim, Germany. Kicking off today, the event will run through May 23, when the bronze and gold-medal games will be held.

What’s On Tap: Three games will be contested Saturday at the 2010 IIHF Men’s World Championship, with two Avalanche players in action. Team Canada opens tournament play tomorrow with a contest against Italy at 8:15 a.m. MT. Both Kyle Cumiskey and Matt Duchene will be making their Men’s World Championship debut for the Canadian squad.
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