The U.S. men's hockey team took another step towards its first Winter Olympics gold medal in 38 years after sweeping Slovakia aside 5-1 in the quarter final playoff.
Donato, who also scored two goals in a group play match against Slovakia, now has four goals in four Olympic games, tying him for the scoring lead in Pyeonchang with Ilya Kovalchuk and Kiril Kaprizov of the Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation.
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".
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. With the offense finally clicking, the USA needed Zapolski to be on his game and he was, stopping 21 shots and playing after jamming his neck.
"We came in feeling confident about not going home". It took a little bit.
"I had a little bit of a bloody nose", Donato said.
James Wisniewski, a defenseman who has played only on the power play the entire tournament, rifled a slapshot from the left circle to beat Laco over the near shoulder 18 seconds into the two-man advantage.
Since the heroics in 1980, Olympic medals have proved frustratingly hard to come by for the USA, which has reached the final only twice in the intervening 38 years, with both appearances coming after the National Hockey League first allowed its players to compete in 1998.
"The chemistry and the message that our players were able to send, that sports transcends the barriers, they did a great job".
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"There's some different weapons that we'll have to be aware of", Granato said. "We know we have to win now to keep moving on". I think that's something that shows how strong this team is and how resilient we are. "We had I think our best game today". The goal set off a series of hits by frustrated Slovakians that resulted in two major penalties on the very next shift for a 5-minute, 5-on-3 power play for the U.S. Terry had his third assist of the game on Arcobello's goal, with Jonathon Blum also assisting.
More consistency is vital if the US are going to make a real run at a medal, and that's not been seen a lot so far. That's some pretty good company for Donato to find himself in.
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 20: Mark Arcobello #26 of the United States celebrates with his teammates after scoring against Jan Laco #50 of Slovakia in the second period during the Men's Play-offs Qualifications game on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. Scoring five against the team Granato called perhaps the best defensive team in the tournament has the Americans feeling good going into the quarterfinals. Terry can really set up the plays. "We have a lot of belief in ourselves and we're excited to keep going".
Despite a 4-0 loss to the Russians to wrap up group play, Granato and his players believe they've gotten better each game and see a benefit in playing the extra qualification-round game to keep improving.
Before the USA can harbour any dreams of revenge against its North American neighbors, however, it must focus on the upcoming clash against the Czechs on Wednesday. But I think what we learned from our team is it doesn't matter what the other team does. "We're small, quick and tough to play against in the offensive zone".
The Canadians, winners in three of the last four Olympics, went straight into the quarter finals by virtue of topping their group and will play the victor of the match between Finland and South Korea.
- Finland played South Korea, with the victor advancing to take on Canada.
By contrast, the Czech Republic have been impressive throughout the competition in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and head into this knockout fixture unbeaten. Veteran forward Jim Slater returned to the lineup, replacing Chad Kolarik.