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Team USA Falls To Sweden

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Team USA lost to Sweden on Sunday, 4-2, in the Bronze Medal game of the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship.

"It was a pretty even game," said Islanders Head Coach Scott Gordon, who served as an assistant coach for Team USA. "We had some tough luck on some of their goals and some near misses on the other end. But overall, this was a really good experience for this young team to come here and play the way they did."

Islanders forward Kyle Okposo did not figure in the scoring, but did earn high praise from his coach.

"I really thought he got better as the tournament went on," Gordon said. "I already held Kyle in very high regard, but after watching all of these great players compete, I have no problem at all saying that there are not a whole lot of guys I would rather have on my team than Kyle."

On Friday, Okposo scored for Team USA in its loss to Russia, tying the score at 2-2 in the second period. He was named the United States' Player of the Game.

It was the second time Team USA lost to Russia in the tournament.

"We definitely did a better job in this game, we played well," Gordon said. "The only time we got in trouble was when we backed off. They are just too skilled and they took advantage of that."

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