Updated Olympics men's hockey bracket: Medal round is set

by Steven Clarke February 24, 2018, 6:15
Updated Olympics men's hockey bracket: Medal round is set

The "Olympic Athletes from Russia" - not officially Russian Federation because of International Olympic Committee sanctions over doping - swept aside Norway 6-1 and has a chance to end its 16-year medal drought.

The subsequent shootout was a masterclass by Czech goalkeeper Pavel Francouz, who showed remarkable patience and guile in shutting out the five US penalty takers. Czech Republic jumped out to a 1-0 shootout lead by scoring on its second shootout attempt. Ryan Zapolski is the first US goaltender since Ryan Miller in 2010 to start the first five games of an Olympic tournament.

Olympic sensation? Last team to clinch a spot in top-four was Team Germany, as they went up 2-0 early on against Sweden.

"It was our dream before the tournament to go this far, but I really hope it's not the end", Francouz said. The U.S. looked worn out after facing Slovakia in the qualification round a day earlier and was outshot 29-20. OAR had no issue against Norway, winning by a score of 6-1.

Penalties continued to weaken the Americans' struggling offensive attack when Mark Arcobello, whom Terry also assisted on Tuesday, took a tripping penalty. "Next game will be the biggest one". "Just the overwhelming thing of him being at the Olympics, it's pretty cool".

The goal was Donato's fifth of the tournament eclipsing his father Ted's four goals from the 1992 Albertville Winter Games. "You could kind of see, once they got in our zone we had a hard time getting it out". With 2:42 left in the third period, forward Brian O'Neill beat Francouz with a wrister from the slot, but the puck pinged off the crossbar.

"It's tough when it comes down to the shootout", USA captain Brian Gionta told NBC.

A Vojtech Mozik slashing penalty gave the US a power play as regulation came to an end, which turned into a 4-3 in the sudden-death overtime period.

The U.S.' goalie Ryan Zapolski opened the shootout with a save, but the U.S. could not consolidate the save with a goal. But the US power play had been a special kind of mess all day, and they never generated much heat on Francouz.

Head coach Tony Granato got a break, though, when Brian O'Neill hit a streaking Jim Slater at the blue line and Slater fired a lovely wrister past Pavel Francouz, tying the game with a shorthanded goal.

Jim Slater equalized for the USA with a short-handed goal 10:23 into the second period, before the two teams traded chances in the final period and in overtime, with neither side finding the victor. The U.S. got a power play at the end of regulation and into overtime but never got a shot on net.

Germany didn't even qualify for the Sochi Olympics, and now coach Marco Sturm's team gets a chance to face two-time defending-champion Canada, which lost starting goaltender Ben Scrivens to an upper-body injury and needed Kevin Poulin to make 15 saves to beat Finland.


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