Latvia defeats US 4-3 in OT to win bronze at ice hockey worlds
Latvia's Kristians Rubins (94) shoots the game winning shot in overtime of their bronze medal match against the United States at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Tampere, Finland, Sunday, May 28, 2023. Latvia won 4-3. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, May 28, 2023 11:35AM EDT
TAMPERE, Finland (AP) — Defenseman Kristian Rubins scored his second goal 1:22 into overtime to lead Latvia to a 4-3 victory over the United States and earn a bronze medal at the ice hockey world championship on Sunday.
It’s the first top-three finish for Latvia at the tournament. Its previous best was a seventh place it managed three times.
The U.S. lost in the bronze medal game for the second straight year. The U.S. team was cruising through the tournament with eight straight wins until it was defeated by Germany in the semifinal 4-3 in overtime.
Rubins rallied Latvia with his first with 5:39 to go in the final period to tie the game at 3 to force overtime.
Roberts Bukarts and Janis Jaks also scored for Latvia.
Rocco Grimaldi scored twice for the U.S. in the opening period to negate Latvia’s 1-0 and 2-1 leads.
Matt Coronato had put the U.S. 3-2 ahead 6:19 into the final period.
Canada faces Germany in the final later Sunday.