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U.S. reaches world quarterfinals with OT loss to Slovakia

by Eric Marin / New Jersey Devils

The U.S. got just what it needed to advance.

With its 3-2 overtime loss to Slovakia in Tuesday’s preliminary round finale, Team USA picked up a point to advance to the quarterfinals at the IIHF World Championship.

Keith Kinkaid made 27 saves and David Warsofsky collected a power-play assist to help secure a matchup with Group A winners, the Czech Republic.

"We both knew something was on the line, and the game was competitive," coach John Hynes told USA Hockey’s official site. "We are glad to have the opportunity to move on."

Team USA, which has won bronze in two of the last three worlds, is looking to add to its medal count. It last won worlds gold in 1933.

Slovakia got out to a 1-0 lead in the first period. The U.S. rallied when Warsofsky’s point shot went in off Brock Nelson’s skate in the second period and took the lead on Nick Foligno’s marker early in the third.

Pavol Skalicky tied things at 2 with under eight minutes to in regulation before Marko Dano won it for the Slovaks 59 seconds into the extra session.

The U.S. bounced back from Sunday’s last-minute loss to Germany to avoid missing the quarters for the first time since 2010.

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