Team USA hockey wakes up, moves on to play Czechs

Olympics Ice Hockey Men Team Group B- USA-SLO

Olympics Ice Hockey Men Team Group B- USA-SLO

The Slovaks got on the scoreboard later in the period with a power-play goal when Jordan Greenway was in the penalty box for slashing, Peter Ceresnak's slap shot from the point deflected by a USA stick and past a stranded Zapolski. While Slovenia was a Cinderella team in this tournament, including an upset of the U.S., Norway is equally compelling. Along with Jordan Greenway, they've been the team's most productive offensive threats, even as the US has mustered only four goals in three games. Defenseman James Wisniewski scored next on a power play assisted by forward Troy Terry, who had a total of three assists in the second period. He was banned for two games at the world championships past year for swinging his skate at Switzerland winger Thomas Rufenacht.

Goaltender Ryan Zapolski, a relative fossil at 31, was far stronger on Tuesday than he was against the Russians. Donato was the star, scoring twice against Slovakia for the second time after doing it in a 2-1 victory in group play.

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In the first period the United States of America scored first off the stick of Ryan Donato and the crowd went nuts.

What's up with the USA men's team? Ready? Ladislav Nagy ran into Ryan Zapolski's left side; he gets a two-minute minor for goalie interference.

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They're cursing Ryan Donato's name in Bratislava. Cajkovsky is given a match penalty, which results in a five-minute power play for the USA and an automatic suspension should Slovakia advance.

Since the heroics in 1980, Olympic medals have proved frustratingly hard to come by for the us, 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.

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 at the same time Ladislav Nagy was whistled for flattening USA goaltender Ryan Zapolski. Greenway just turned 21 last week. Can they keep it up for a full 60? Both teams 0 for 1 on the power play to start the game.

What's up with the US women's team? He collects a turnover in the neutral zone and almost breaks away, falling to the ice and crashing into Jan Laco before he could get a shot away.

Donato stayed on the ice for a bit after taking an elbow to the face during the second period. The Russians bowled over the Americans in their preliminary round match, and that is who will likely await Team USA on Friday in the semifinals should it get past the Czechs. Loser goes home. Let's go. He said he felt like he a pinched nerve in his neck.

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