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Licking leaves bad taste for U.S.

Originally Published: December 9, 2004
By Damien Cox | Special to ESPN.com

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- This is no way to defend a world title.

Or at least, no easy way.

That said, if the Americans, as generous hosts, were trying to add a little drama to this year's World Junior Championship, they did so by selflessly sacrificing a little of the country's hockey pride.

It all happened Wednesday night at the Palace on the Prairie, the University of North Dakota's gorgeous Ralph Englestad Arena, when Team USA suffered arguably the ugliest defeat in the history ...

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