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For USA, bronze would be beautiful, too

Originally Published: January 2, 2005
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Not so long ago, a berth in the bronze-medal game of the World Junior Championship would have seemed like a gift from the hockey gods for America's under-20 hockey program.

In the wake of Sunday's disheartening 7-2 loss to Russia in this year's semifinal, such an opportunity against the Czech Republic on Tuesday afternoon seems like so much less. That is the price of success.

"We expected to get to the championship game, expected to play for the gold. It's a disappointment ...

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