The United States was eliminated from hockey's world junior championship Friday with a 3-2 loss to Russia in the quarterfinals.
Defensemen Anthony DeAngelo and Zach Werenski scored for the Americans, who finished out of the medals for the second consecutive year after winning two years ago in Ufa, Russia.
"It's tough to swallow," said DeAngelo, a Tampa Bay first-round pick who plays for Sarnia in the Ontario Hockey League. "We thought we were just as good as their team in this tournament. I still do, but we're not going to have a chance to show it. It is what it is now."
Russia advanced to a semifinal in Toronto against Sweden, which beat Finland 6-3 in another quarterfinal.
Ivan Barbashev and Sergei Tolchinski had power-play goals and Alexander Sherov also scored for Russia. Igor Shestyorkin provided strong goaltending, with the Americans outshooting Russia 41-25.
"Before the game everyone said we are underdogs," Russian coach Valeri Bragin said. "I agree with that because the American team has a lot of skilled players and is well organized, but we capitalized on our chances in the beginning of the game, and we had solid goaltending. Our team showed real team spirit."
The game, a weekday matinee played before a sparse crowd at Bell Centre, was marked by 14 minor penalties. The U.S. was drawn into five of them in the opening period and fell behind 2-0.
"If you have to kill off that many penalties in a row you spend a lot of energy," U.S. coach Mark Osiecki said. "That caught up to us. We were very disciplined before and for some reason it didn't work out today."
In the other semifinal, Canada will face Slovakia.
Canada beat Denmark 8-0 in Toronto, and Slovakia topped the Czech Republic 3-0 in Montreal.
Cheating coaches could bring bans to athletes
Beginning this year, athletes in Olympic sports who work with trainers, coaches or agents who have been banned for doping will be in jeopardy of receiving a ban, as well.
The most noteworthy of the new rules in the World Anti-Doping Agency's 2015 code is a prohibition from working with people who have been sanctioned themselves. Among those currently banned is Lance Armstrong's one-time trainer, Michele Ferrari. Since he was banned, Ferrari has been photographed meeting with members of other cycling teams.
Until the new code went into effect, there was no specific penalty for an athlete who dealt with banned coaches or trainers. Beginning this year, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency plans to give athletes a warning if they're dealing with a banned person. After that, the athlete could be sanctioned.
In 2006, Ferrari was cleared of criminal charges of distributing banned products to athletes. But he remains barred for life by the Italian Cycling Federation and was also banned for life by USADA in 2012.
Another key rules change taking effect this year increases the possible penalty for a first-time doping violation from two to four years. That change came after athletes pushed for the increased penalty for intentional cheaters.
Women's national team training camp roster named
U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis named 29 players to the roster for a 21-day training camp that starts Monday.
The team, preparing for the Women's World Cup later this year in Canada, is training in Carson, California, before heading overseas to play matches in France and England in February.
The roster includes all the players that the U.S. team took to Brazil last month for the International Tournament of Brasilia, along with midfielders Shannon Boxx, Kristie Mewis and Allie Long, defender Rachel Van Hollebeke and goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart.
Also included is forward Alex Morgan, who was also on the Brasilia roster but unable to play because of an ankle injury she suffered in October during the CONCACAF women's championship.