USA grabs fifth place
James van Riemsdyk scores the game winner in overtime.
USA won the fifth place game after 3-2 after overtime against the Czech Republic. USA dominated the first period a lot due to five Czech penalties. Despite 22 shots on goal the Americans only scored one when Eric Tangradi made it 1-0.
After a second period without much action there was more of it in the third. Okal made it 1-1 early and later there was a fight resulting with both Stich and Ruth leaving the ice with game misconducts, Stich at the same time was also given a match penalty. The game scored one more goal each and the game went to overtime where JVR scored the game winner.
USA-Czech Republic 3-2 (1-0,0-0,1-2,1-0)
1-0 (8:36) E Tangradi (Wahl)
1-1 (42:23) Z Okal (Novotny)
1-2 (50:59) O Roman (Kana)
2-2 (53:02) C Fairchild PP
3-2 (62:49) J van Riemsdyk (McDonagh)
Shots: 48-27 (22-8,11-6,14-12,1-1)
Story added on 5th January 2009 at 17:41 GMT
Story submitted by: Fredrik Pålsson.