How to Watch USA vs. Slovakia Hockey

Doug Mendoza
February 21, 2018

The game was scoreless until Ryan Donato and James Wisniewski scored 44 seconds apart in the first 2 ½ minutes of the second period.

Troy Terry's three assists and Ryan Donato's two goals helped the US men's hockey team force their way into the Olympic quarterfinals with a 5-1 win against Slovakia.

The five-goal haul meant the US 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.

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 20: Troy Terry #23 of the United States skates against Michal Cajkovsky #56 of Slovakia 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. No. 16 picked up a loose puck after Terry could not convert on a breakaway and rifled home a wrister over the glove of Laco at 1:36 of the second period.

Over the past year, Donato has established himself as one of Boston's top prospects, ranking second in the NCAA in goals this season with 21 tallies in just 23 games with the Crimson. Terry had his third assist of the game on Arcobello's goal, with Jonathon Blum also assisting.

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.

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Garrett Roe and Donato each added a goal for the U.S.in the third period to close out the game's scoring.

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.

The U.S. will next play the Czech Republic in a quarterfinal game set for 10:10 p.m. ET Tuesday.

The pool stage proved to be a mixed bag for the U.S, who suffered a 3-2 overtime defeat against Slovenia, before beating Slovakia 2-1.

It was a hockey game the United States had to have and they got it with a resounding 5-1 victory over Slovakia.

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