U.S. routs Slovakia to reach Olympic men's hockey quarter-finals

Olympics Ice Hockey Men Team Group B- USA-SLO

The five-goal haul meant the USA scored more against Slovakia than it had in three group stage games combined, while at the other end Ryan Zapolski stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced.

Slovenia played without forward Ziga Jeglic, who was suspended earlier in the day for doping. He says he was "shocked" when he found out the reason and the 29-year-old's explanation that he tested positive for something in asthma medicine.

Donato added his second at 16:46 of third period, when the USA connected on the power-play once again. Zapolski insisted he never felt concussion symptoms from the collision with Nagy, while Donato said he felt fine after taking a shoulder to the jaw from 6-foot-4 Slovakia defenseman Michal Cajovsky, who was ejected. "If we had played on our heels and played anxious, it would have affected our game", Donato said. Donato added his goals and shook off the hit from Cajovsky that left him with a bloody nose. "They're smart players. So I knew right away they were going to be pretty good".

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.

They conceded 28 goals and scored twice in five games during the preliminary rounds, but were seen as part of a show of unity between the neighbouring nations after months of tension in the Korean peninsula.

"They're fearless", said goalie Ryan Zapolski, who made 22 saves despite jamming his neck on an interference penalty.

"You see it more and more in the National Hockey League with these young kids coming in and making a huge impact", Wisniewski said. "A little bit of a stinger".

"We came in feeling confident about not going home". It took a little bit. "It was a little bit of a scary thing".

"I hope they score 100 goals and I get a gold medal because of it", said Wisniewski, who has rarely seen the ice other than when the US has a man advantage.

"I think people saw tonight we have a very fast team and a team that can play good hockey", Terry said, according to Newsday. "We have a lot of belief in ourselves and we're excited to keep going". Losing them both would have been devastating, but instead they shook it off and were two of the best players on the ice. However, they were comprehensively outclassed by Russian Federation, who won 4-0.

"There's some different weapons that we'll have to be aware of", Granato said. Later games pit Finland against South Korea, the victor facing two-time defending champion Canada in a quarter-final, and Switzerland against Germany, with the victor meeting unbeaten Sweden on Wednesday. "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".

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