The U.S. Men’s Hockey Team failed to medal after falling to Finland 5-0 in the bronze medal match-up on Saturday, despite Connecticut native Jonathan Quick’s 24 saves in goal.
Quick, a 28-year-old Stanley Cup winner from Hamden, made a valiant effort, but wasn’t satisfied with his performance – or with his teammates’.
“My job is to stop the puck, and I didn’t do that very well,” he said after the game. “Team effort. We weren’t good.”
Quick was joined on the ice by Greenwich-born defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who played 18:57 and made five shots, and forward Max Pacioretty, of New Canaan, who fired off one shot in his 10 minutes of playing time.
Finland came back from a scoreless first period and pulled ahead quickly. Teemu Selanne and Jussi Jokinen racked up two goals just 1:27 into the second period, setting the tone for the rest of the game.
Quick and his teammates said they were disappointed and even embarrassed by their performance.
“It should be too hard,” Quick said, of playing tough teams two days in a row. “We do that all year long. We’re professionals. We play back-to-backs all year long.”
“I am not proud at all right now,” Pacioretty told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I don’t think anyone is. We were playing for a medal and didn’t show up.”
It’s the second in a set of tough losses for Team USA. The men’s team fell to Canada 1-0 on Friday.