Team USA lost its fourth straight game, a 5-4 decision to Czechoslovakia, and was eliminated from medal play at the World Hockey Championships.

Team Canada routed West Germany 8-2 and the Soviet Union bombed Poland 12-1 to improve their records to 4-0. Sweden, the defending champion, beat Finland 6-3 to tie the Czechs at 3-0-1.Team USA could not overcome a 3-0 lead. Earlier in the round-robin tourney, the Americans absorbed a pair of 4-2 heartbraking losses to the Soviet Union and Sweden. On Tuesday, they lost 8-2 to Canada.

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