Winter Olympics: Team USA men's hockey beats Slovakia, advances to quarterfinals

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Donato got his second goal of the game, and now leads all USA scorers, late in the third period on a power-play, firing a wrist shot that beat Laco just inside the near post to complete the scoring. Loser goes home. Let's go. "We have to attack, we have to get in on the forecheck, we have to use our offensive players that we do have, the skillset that we do have".

As a result, the victors enjoyed a 31-22 advantage in shots on goal, per NBC Olympics, which took some of the pressure off goaltender Ryan Zapolski. University of Denver hockey star Troy Terry helped the team with three assists.

Garrett Roe and Donato each added a goal for the U.S.in the third period to close out the game's scoring. "It was a little bit of a scary thing". I think that's something that shows how strong this team is and how resilient we are. The Czech Republic is up next for the U.S.

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.

Donato wasted little time getting on the board with his first power-play goal just more than seven minutes into the contest.

Donato took a shoulder to the jaw from defenceman Michal Cajovsky just as Ladislav Nagy ran over Zapolski.

Mark Arcobello scored the United States' third goal at the 33:30 mark. "Putting goals in makes us feel a lot more confident", Donato said.

Ted Donato, a former Boston Bruin player and now the coach at Harvard, had four goals and three assists in 1992 at the Games in Albertville, France and had just arrived in Pyeongchang with Tuesday's game being the first he had seen in person.

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After losing a 2-0 lead and dropping their first contest to Slovenia, the Americans bounced back with a 2-1 victory over Slovakia in a Group B game that aired live in the United States on Thursday night.

It's huge for the U.S.to get its power play and offense going.

The Americans appeared to have some much-needed early momentum as they attempted to put their disappointing start to the tournament in the rearview mirror, but it was fleeting as Slovakia scored a mere 25 seconds later when Andrej Kudrna redirected a pass along the goal line past Zapolski.

Donato's two goals, both assisted by Terry, represented a much-needed breakout for the USA college kids. "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". Norway will face the Russians in its first Olympic quarterfinal appearance, while Slovenia played without Ziga Jeglic, who was suspended for doping.

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.

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

The fourth collegian, defenseman Will Borgen of St. Cloud State, has been scratched all three games.

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