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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Ends 34-Season Drought

VIENNA, Austria -- A team of second-stringers won the United States its first medal in the World Ice Hockey Championships in 34 years, coming back from three goals down to beat Russia 4-3 in overtime as Brian Rolston scored the winner to clinch bronze.


"These are obviously not the best players out of the United States," Rolston said after Saturday's win. "It means a lot to us to come over here with a bunch of plumbers and do well."


Rolston of the New Jersey Devils -- with two goals in the game -- got the decider on a short-handed situation when Russia failed to hold the puck in on a power play and Joe Sacco chased in down and centered to Rolston who scored on a wrist shot from the slot.


"I was wide open in the slot and just shot. To tell you the truth, I didn't aim it anywhere," Rolston said.


The United States won its last medal -- also a bronze -- in 1962 at the height of the Cold War. Their last gold was 1933 in the depths of the Great Depression.


Russia lost 3-2 against Canada on Friday after a penalty shoot-out.


"Today's game followed the same scenario as on Friday. At one point the score was 3-0 and I think we could have scored even more goals, but we didn't," Russian coach Vladimir Vassiliev said.


"I have to say that when we took the man advantage in overtime we had our five best players on the ice. It was just an unexpected situation that the puck jumps over a stick and the U.S. has a break."


Canada faces the Czech Republic in the final.