US beats Slovakia 5-1, will play Czechs in Olympic quarters

Jonathan Hernandez
February 21, 2018

A recap of the Pyeongchang men's and women's hockey tournaments, with a focus on Team USA's gold-medal quests.

Now the challenge gets more hard against a Czech squad that is one of only two undefeated teams so far at the Olympics. Recasts, adds Norway-Slovenia, photos.

They will face the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation team, one of the favourites for the title, in the last eight on Wednesday. The country is a powerhouse in most winter Olympic sports, but not hockey (consider that the New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello is only the seventh Norwegian to make the NHL and also the country's all-time leading scorer).

The Boston Bruins prospect and Harvard student tallied two goals as the USA turned in its most complete performance in a 5-1 must-win game over Slovakia in the qualifying round.

Against the Slovakians the first time, Donato had both goals in the American's 2-1 victory to keep them afloat in Group B. On Monday, Donato started the scoring for Team USA in the second period, opening the floodgates on a five-goal evening before capping off the victory with his second goal of the night.

Between periods, Donato saw video of his dad - who had four goals for the the 1992 Albertville Games and coaches him at Harvard - in the stands and said, "I've never seen him smile like that before".

Before he began his journey halfway across the globe, Harvard coach Ted Donato wrapped up his team's senior night, knowing a coach belonged with his players.

- Germany played Switzerland, with the victor advancing to play top-seeded Sweden.

The other three quarterfinal matches are Norway-Olympic Athletes of Russia, Canada-Finland and Sweden-Germany. Maybe the USA hasn't gotten many helpful bounces, but at times it hasn't deserved them.

The Americans are finally getting some offense - and the scoring is coming when it counts.

The three-goal period matched the number of goals that U.S. had scored in the first three games. Troy Terry of Denver University added three assists playing on a line with Donato and former NHLer Mark Arcobello. "These guys are so talented and so skilled and such great kids that it's been more than a pleasure to play with them". "We're small, quick and tough to play against in the offensive zone".

They will face the Czech Republic in the last eight on Wednesday.

All we can do is sit and wait.

The U.S. will next play the Czech Republic in a quarterfinal game set for 10:10 p.m. ET Tuesday. What is interesting is that as much as we've talked about the dominance of these two countries, global ice hockey officials are pleased enough with the progress of other women's programs that the women's hockey tournament will expand from eight teams to 10 for the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. "We had I think our best game today".

The pool stage proved to be a mixed bag for the U.S, who suffered a 3-2 overtime defeat against Slovenia, before beating Slovakia 2-1. Captain Jan Mursak says he did not know why Jeglic was not in the lineup. It has been prescribed to me after testing for respiratory problems in Slovakia in 2017.

Men's quarterfinals: Czech Republic vs.

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