United States men's hockey stays alive with win over Slovakia

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A 2-1 victory over Slovakia last week remains the lone bright spot. With two scores against Slovakia, he's now recorded four goals and an assist in four Olympic games to keep the U.S.in the mix for a medal.

Just over two minutes later with the US on another penalty kill and looking in serious trouble, Brian O'Neill flashed his speed once again and found Slater on the rush for the former Atlanta Thrashers forward's first goal of the tournament.

United States college star Troy Terry collected his third assist with 6:30 remaining in the second period, his centering pass blasted home by Mark Arcobello for a 3-0 U.S. lead.

Peter Ceresnak scored the Czech Republic's first goal at 36:54 of the second period to cut Team USA's lead to 3-1.

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

"We had our best period of the Olympics in the third."Donato, 21, shares the Olympic goals lead at four with Russians Ilya Kovalchuk and Kirill Kaprizov".

USA top scorer Ryan Donato and goaltender Ryan Zapolski steered United States over Slovakia 5-1 and into the Pyeongchang Olympic men's ice hockey quarter-finals on Tuesday.

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. "I think I just needed time for the feeling to come back". "If we played on our heels and kind of played anxious, it would have affected our game". Little-known Czech goaltender Pavel Francouz did his best impression of legendary countryman Dominik Hasek by stopping Chris Bourque, Ryan Donato, Marc Arcobello, Terry and Bobby Butler in the shootout, sending the Czechs on to the semifinals on Friday - and sending the Americans home. Man oh man is this guy going to be a great National Hockey League player.

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Donato netted his second goal, this time on the power play, with a wrist shot from the left circle with 3:14 left to account for the 5-1 final.

Maybe a touch of frustration had worked its way into the locker room of the US men's hockey team.

"We've had a lot of chances that we didn't score on", Donato said, the Associated Press reported.

"I would like to aim for 10 Olympic Games eventually". Zapolski was on his game after giving up some soft goals in the preliminary round and showed his toughness when he took the shot to the head from Nagy.

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"My hands and feet went numb a little bit", Zapolski said.

"There's some different weapons that we'll have to be aware of", Granato said.

The 34-year-old sniped a dramatic overtime victor for a tight, 2-1 victory over Switzerland in the qualification round.

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