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Latvia 6, USA 5

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

Brock Nelson was all over the ice and the scoresheet Thursday, but could not propel Team USA to a win, as the Americans fell 6-5 to Team Latvia at the IIHF World Championships.

Nelson scored his second and third goals of the tournament, but Team USA never held a lead and were constantly chasing the pesky Latvians. With Team USA trailing 6-4, and its net empty, Nelson deflected a cross-ice feed past goalie Kristers Gudlevskis. The marker incited a furious finish to the game, but the Latvians collapsed around their own net and held the Americans at bay.

The Islanders center also scored Team USA’s second goal, spinning and roofing a backhander in tight along the Latvian goal line. Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones assisted on both of Nelson’s goals and finished the game with a team-high three points (1G, 2A). Jones’ NHL teammate Craig Smith also had a multi-point game, scoring a goal and an assist in the loss.

Islanders Colin McDonald and Matt Donovan were held off the scoresheet Thursday, as Team USA fell to 2-2 in the tournament.

Herberts Vasiljevs scored the game-winner for the Latvians with 2:21 to play.

Team USA next faces off against Team Kazakhstan Friday morning at 9:45 a.m. on NBCSN.

Click here for the IIHF recap.

Click here for the IIHF boxscore.

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