2022 Olympics: Canada ousted by Sweden in men's hockey quarterfinals; U.S. eliminated by Slovakia

2022 Olympics: Canada ousted by Sweden in men's hockey quarterfinals; U.S. eliminated by Slovakia. The Americans went down 3-2 to Slovakia, losing in shootout, while Canada was edged 2-0 by Sweden.

Canada and the United States will be shut out of the men's hockey medals at the Beijing Winter Olympics after both teams lost in Wednesday's quarterfinals. The Americans lost 3-2 to Slovakia, losing in a shootout, while Canada was edged 2-0 by Sweden.

Sweden will now play the Slovaks in Friday's semifinals while Finland will face ROC. The Finns downed Switzerland 5-1 on Wednesday. The Russian team edged Denmark 3-1.

Canada and Sweden were locked in a 0-0 draw in the third period when Lucas Wallmark beat Canadian goalie Matt Tomkins to take the lead. Canada was unable to beat Swedish netminder Lars Johansson, who made 22 saves for the shutout, and Anton Lander sealed the win with an empty-net goal.

Earlier Wednesday, Slovakia struck first against the U.S., with 17-year-old talisman Juraj Slafkovsky netting a goal with 8:15 remaining in the first period — his fifth in Beijing.

The U.S. answered with a goal from Harvard junior Nick Abruzzese with 45.7 seconds remaining in the first period. The Americans took their first lead with 11:04 remaining in the second period thanks to Sam Hentges, who netted his first goal of the Beijing Games to put his team up 2-1.

Slovakia, on the brink of elimination, pulled the goalie with about 1:30 to go and was able to capitalize. With 43.7 remaining, Marek Hrivik found the net. The U.S. was unable to counter, sending the game to a 10-minute, three-on-three overtime period. With no winner scored, the game headed to a penalty shootout.

Both teams had their first three shots blocked. The U.S. also missed its fourth, but Peter Cehlarik scored on Slovakia's fourth. USA captain Andy Miele was unable to counter on the fifth shot, with Slovakia taking the 3-2 win to advance.

The U.S. men — who went 0-for-4 in the power play in the loss — were seeking their first Olympic medal since 2010. Canada, gold medalists with NHLers in 2010 and 2014, won bronze four years ago.

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