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FINLAND TOPS USA AT IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes
Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle and his Team USA teammates lost their third consecutive game at the International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship on Wednesday at Cologne, Germany.


Keith Yandle
Finland beat the Americans 3-2.

Yandle assisted on Team USA's second goal with 17 seconds left in the third period. 

Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski played 12-plus minutes for Finland, but he did not get into the scoring summary.

By virtue of two overtime losses and Wednesday's loss in regulation, Team USA is no longer in contention to win a medal in this tournament. Instead, the Americans now will compete in the relegation round.

"Everybody's pretty disappointed," Yandle told phoenixcoyotes.com via telephone after Wednesday's game. "But these losses aren't from a lack of effort. We've worked pretty hard in every game." 

Team USA's next game will be played on Saturday against an opponent yet to be determined.

"We have three games left and we expect to win all three of them," Yandle said. "We have to go out with the mind-set that we have to win all three of them."

Yandle continues to be paired defensively with Team USA captain Jack Johnson, and they have consistently led the team in ice time during this tournament.

"I've really enjoyed playing with him," Yandle said. "He's a hell of a player. Obviously, I've seen him play many times when we've played against him and the (LA) Kings, but I didn't realize how good of a guy he is and how good a player he is until I got to play with him here."
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