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U.S. juniors lose bronze medal to Czechs in OT

Petr Vrana scored at 2:38 of overtime to give the Czech Republic a 3-2 victory over the United States on Tuesday in the third-place game of the World Junior Championships.

The United States, the tournament winner last year in Finland, missed a chance to win consecutive medals for the first time in team history.

Vrana, a second-round pick of the New Jersey Devils, skated around U.S. defenseman Jeff Likens and moved in on goal. With Likens pestering him from behind, Vrana managed a soft shot that went through goalie Al Montoya's legs.

Czech goalie Marek Schwarz made 33 saves, 14 in the third period when the United States controlled play.

The Czech Republic's Michal Polak opened the scoring with a power-play goal early in the first period, and Kevin Porter tied it late in the period.

The teams also traded goals in the second, with Michael Frolik scoring for the Czechs and Drew Stafford countering on a power play.

Montoya stopped 34 shots.

SPECTATOR SUIT: A woman whose face was shattered by a puck during a Rangers game on March 17, 2002, can proceed with her $11-million lawsuit against Madison Square Garden, a Manhattan judge ruled.

Gyongyu Tokolyi, 37, of Manhattan, sued the Garden, the Rangers and the NHL last year, saying they had not given the public sufficient warning of possible danger or taken adequate steps to assure spectators' safety.

Last week, State Supreme Court Justice Saralee Evans dismissed the case against the Rangers and NHL.

OBITUARY: Hall of Famer Bud Poile, who helped the Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup in 1947 and was the first general manager of both the Flyers and Canucks, died Tuesday in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was 80. Mr. Poile, the father of Predators GM David Poile, also was commissioner of the Central Hockey League and International Hockey league.

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