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Team USA finishes 1-4 at World Under-17s

Hermantown junior Blake Biondi. Howie /
Team USA lost 2-1 to the Czech Republic in a World Under-17 Hockey Challenge placement game Thursday night in Quispamsis, N.B.

The defending tournament champion Americans finished the tournament 1-4 and out of the medal round.

Hermantown junior Blake Biondi had a goal and two assists in five games played for the Americans.

Russia defeated Finland 2-1 in the championship game Saturday.