The U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team has advanced to the semifinal round at the XXII Winter Olympic Games with a 5-2 win over the Czech Republic today at Shayba Arena in Sochi, Russia.
James van Riemsdyk (New Hampshire), Dustin Brown, David Backes (Minnesota State), Zach Parise (North Dakota) and Phil Kessel (Minnesota) all scored for the Americans, who got 21 saves from Jonathan Quick (Massachusetts). Ryan Suter (Wisconsin) had three assists for the U.S., while Ryan Kesler (Ohio State) set up two American goals. Ales Hemsky tallied both times for the Czechs.
The U.S. will now face Canada, a 2-1 quarterfinal winner today over Latvia, on Friday for a berth in Sunday’s gold medal game, where the winner will play the winner of Finland-Sweden.