U.S. falls to Canada, faces must-win vs. Slovakia

It comes down to this: The U.S. needs to beat Slovakia (4 a.m. Monday) or it will be sent to the relegation round for the second year in a row.

The Americans took favorite Canada to the limit early Sunday morning, but lost 2-1 after not being able to convert a late power-play chance.

The Americans also lost to Russia by the same score and the same circumstance two days earlier.

For a full story on the U.S.-Canada game, see the Herald website.

Slovakia won’t be a walk-over game for the U.S. The Slovaks took Russia to overtime and they were leading Canada 3-1 at the midway point of that game before losing 6-3.

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