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Overtime Win Over Latvia Marks Fourth Straight Victory For U.S. Men's Hockey Team

By Karen Price | May 10, 2018, 2:37 p.m. (ET)

Chris Kreider scores the opening goal at the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Group B game between United States and Latvia on May 10, 2018 in Herning, Denmark.


Team USA is still undefeated four games into the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship after a 3-2 overtime win against Latvia on Thursday in Herning, Denmark.

With the U.S. on the power play, Cam Atkinson was stationed at the corner of the net where he took a pass from Johnny Gaudreau. He gathered the puck and pushed it past goaltender Elvis Merzlikins at 1:23 of overtime for the victory.

Chris Kreider and Colin White also scored and goaltender Keith Kinkaid made 17 saves as the U.S. posted its second overtime victory to go with two regulation wins in the preliminary round of the tournament. Two-time Olympian Patrick Kane had two assists, including one on the game-winner, and Alex DeBrincat also registered a pair of assists.

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Kreider scored on the power play in the first period to give the U.S. a lead, but Latvia rallied to take the lead early in the second before White notched the equalizer late in the same period. Neither team scored during the third, forcing overtime. Team USA’s other overtime win this tournament was a shootout victory against reigning silver medalist Canada in its first game.

The U.S. returns to action against Korea at 2:15 p.m. ET on Friday.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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