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

Posted February 21, 2018

Serves as men's hockey roundup from qualifying round. The college kids had a hand in four of them.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) - Ryan Zapolski was more anxious about losing the sensation in his hands and feet than carrying the pressure of the United States' Olympic medal hopes on his shoulders. "It didn't feel good."At the same moment, Ladislav Nagy was whistled for flattening Zapolski, who was slow to rise off the ice".

Goalie Ryan Zapolski stopped 22 of 23 shots for Team USA, while Jan Laco stopped 26 of 31 shots for Slovakia.

Mark Arcobello and Garrett Roe scored their first goals of the tournament as the USA offensive output eclipsed their scoring in their first three games.

"I thought I've had a good tournament the whole time", Terry said. It took a little bit.

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There's little time for Team USA to fix the current offensive issues with the team that isn't Donato's line.

The U.S. got two scares simultaneously when Zapolski and Donato went down following hits to the head. Officials reviewed the play for goaltender interference that happened a few seconds before the play, which is allowed internationally but not in the National Hockey League, but the call on the ice stood. In the NCAA overall, Donato is fourth in goals and eighth in points per game. Losing them both would have been devastating, but instead they shook it off and were two of the best players on the ice. "If we had played on our heels and played anxious, it would have affected our game", Donato said.

"I won't call them doubters but we've had people who were pretty skeptical of the team".

Donato scored two goals to tie his father, Ted, with four in a single Olympics. "And he couldn't have found a better time to get his first one, and that was a big one".

The U.S. made it 3-0 when Mark Arcobello, crossing into the low slot, one-timed a feed from Terry from behind the Slovak net. Fearing it was broken, Donato didn't miss a shift and set the screen on Wisniewski's goal. "So I was just trying to keep my confidence and know that I just have to play the same way". Arcobello, who scored his first Olympic goal against Slovakia, knew at the first practice how good Donato and Terry would be. "We're getting better and better."US college star Troy Terry collected his third assist with 6:30 remaining in the second period, his centering pass blasted home by Mark Arcobello for a 3-0 U.S. lead. We have a lot of belief in ourselves and we're excited to keep going".

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Johannson and Granato wanted to bring three to seven college players and hoped they would be this good. Thanks to the victory, Team USA will head to the quarterfinals to face the Czech Republic on Tuesday night.

"There's some different weapons that we'll have to be aware of", Granato said. But I think what we learned from our team is it doesn't matter what the other team does. Terry can really set up the plays.

- Norway beat Slovenia 2-1 in overtime for its first Olympic win since 1994.

Meanwhile, Norway reached the quarter-finals for the first time after Alexander Bonsaksen's goal in overtime secured a 2-1 victory against Slovenia.

- Finland played South Korea, with the victor advancing to take on Canada.

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