Northlanders Help Team USA Win Bronze

By KBJR News 1

USA hockey Jr Men vs Sweden 8/3/10 in Lake Placid, NY. photos by Nancie Battaglia for USA Hockey

May 19, 2013 Updated May 19, 2013 at 4:22 PM CDT

Stockholm, Sweden (NNCNOW.com) --- Team USA earned its first medal since 2004 with a 3-2 win over Finland in the bronze medal match on Sunday at the 2013 IIHF World Hockey Championships.

Montreal Canadiens rookie Alex Galchenyuk scored twice in the shootout to give the Americans the win. In the IIHF, teams can send the same player out continually to take shots in a shootout.

Craig Smith and Paul Stastny each had a goal in regulation for USA who led 2-0 after two periods. FInland fought back in the third to tie things up at two thanks to two goals from Lauri Korpikoski.

Ducks prospect and American goaltender John Gibson stopped 36 of 38 shots. Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund missed his shot for Team Finland.

Former Bulldogs Justin Faulk and Tim Stapleton and Hermantown native Drew LeBlanc all helped Team USA en route to their bronze medal win.

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