United States of America routs Slovakia to reach Olympic men's hockey quarter-finals
21 February, 2018, 07:23 | Author: Rachael Silva
Alexander Bonsaken scored 3:06 into overtime as Norway beat Slovenia 2-1 on Tuesday in the qualification round for its first Olympic men's hockey victory since 1994 on home ice in Lillehammer.
Shaking off a collision with Ladislav Nagy, Ryan Zapolski had arguably his best game of the tournament, stopping 21 of the 22 shots he faced. I think I just needed time for the feeling to come back. "He's fun to play with and if I get the puck to him I know it's got a pretty good chance of going in".
Donato, who also netted two goals against Slovakia in a 2-1 group-stage victory, blasted a rebound into the far top corner 96 seconds into the second period to put the U.S. ahead 1-0.Slovakia responded 26 seconds later with a body-slamming retaliation sequence as Michal Cajkovsky was sent off for 25 minutes for a blow to Donato's head.
With his father Ted, a 1992 U.S. Olympian and the head men's hockey coach at Harvard looking on, Ryan Donato literally set the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team on the path to victory in a do-or-die situation Tuesday.
The Boston Bruins prospect and Harvard Crimson forward has been the most exciting player for Team USA in South Korea, and he continued his hot streak in Monday night's qualification match against Slovakia.
Donato and Wisniewski's goals came 44 seconds apart. Trainers attended to Donato and Zapolski as backup goaltender Brandon Maxwell stretched and prepared to go in.
"My hands and feet went numb a little bit, so it just kind of pinched my nerve, I guess", Zapolski said.
"I had a little bit of a bloody nose", Donato said.
"He's a tough kid and you see how much of a natural scorer he is", Terry said. Terry took advantage of all the time in the world behind the net and found an open Arcobello for a one-timer to put the US up 3-0 at 13:30.
"You could just see the talent theyve got", Arcobello said. Francouz benefits playing behind a team that can shut opponents down, but he also has little margin for error because the Czechs are not built to win high-scoring games. He's got the vision and the passing. "When you've got a guy that fast and skilled with a shot like that, you have a good chance it's going in the net".
Midway through the third period Garrett Roe added an insurance goal, set up by Brian O'Neill, and Donato scored one more time. Troy Terry of Denver University added three assists playing on a line with Donato and former NHLer Mark Arcobello.
Donato and Terry have had fun and made some magic playing on a line with former National Hockey League forward Mark Arcobello, who Granato joked was the happiest person at the Olympics because of his skilled linemates. "I think we've had a lot of point shots, a lot of shots from outside and goalies in this tournament are going to be too good to beat them there".
NOTES: St. Cloud State defenseman Will Borgen was a healthy scratch again for the United States.
The Americans, who hadn't played a single game together before the Olympics began, have beaten Slovakia twice and lost their two other games.
The Americans previously squared up with the Canadians in a pool play match, dropping the game by a score of 2-1. Finland and OAR have already met in the women's ice hockey tournament at Pyeongchang 2018.
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