After a scoreless first period, Jan Kučera got Czechia on the board early in the second, beating U.S. goaltender Hampton Slukynsky with a shot from the left faceoff circle to make it 1-0.
A do-or-die game for the Americans, they outshot Czechia 24-15 through two periods but couldn't beat Hrabel.
Just as the American forecheck had started to shift momentum to the U.S. in the third period, the Czechs forced a turnover and started on a 2-on-1 attack, with Šprynar finding the back of the net to make it 2-0.
The U.S. responded with a goal from Tanner Adams to cut its deficit to one. Needing a regulation-time win to make the semifinals, the U.S. pulled its goalie with over five minutes left to play and the Czechs capitalized, sealing the win with an empty-netter from Jakub Dvorak.
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