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USA Takes Down France 3-2

Saturday, 05.7.2011 / 5:39 PM ET / World Championship
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USA Takes Down France 3-2
By IIHF.com

KOSICE – The United States scored twice in the second period to break a 1-1 tie and coasted to a 3-2 win tonight at Steel Arena to move into a tie for second place with Sweden in Group F with seven points.
 
Both teams trail Canada (10 points), but the U.S. is now in an excellent position to advance to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2009. France is now eliminated from playoff participation.
 
The strong second period was keyed by goals from captain Mark Stuart and collegian Chris Kreider. Stuart was the trailer on an odd-man rush and took a perfect pass from Chris Porter skating down the right wing before drilling a shot past goalie Cristobal Huet.
 
Kreider was in the slot when he was the recipient of a nice pass from behind the net from Andy Miele, the team’s newest addition playing in his first ever game in a U.S. sweater at any level.
 
"It felt great," Miele said. "I've been waiting to get the chance. I think I played pretty well, and I hope they keep me in here. If not, I'll be there to cheer them on. I'm here to help win a medal. The craziest thing was just walking into the locker room and seeing the jersey sitting at my stall. I had to turn it around to see if my name was on it, to see if it was real. I might sleep in it tonight. I hope I have the chance to wear it again."
 
Huet was the main reason the score was close. The Americans outshot France decisively, 38-22, and Huet was rock solid. The game also featured 21 minor penalties, eleven to France.

Forward Jack Skille finished with a shot on net and a plus-1 on 7:40 of ice time (9 shifts). Defenseman Clay Wilson had three shots on net in 10:05 of ice time (13 shifts).

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