The U.S. Men’s Olympic Team completed Group ‘A’ play today at the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, with a 5-1 win at Shayba Arena over Olympic newcomer Slovenia.
Phil Kessel (Minnesota) notched a hat trick and Joe Pavelski (Wisconsin) tallied three assists, each coming on Kessel’s three goals. Ryan McDonagh (Wisconsin) and David Backes (Minnesota State) also scored for the U.S., while Ryan Miller (Michigan State) recorded 17 saves in net.
The Americans, who finished first in their group with a 2-1-0-0 record that also included victories over Slovakia and Russia (shootout), finished preliminary-round play as the third overall seed, and will now await their next opponent after receiving a bye into the quarterfinals.
The U.S. Women's Olympic Team plays Sweden in a semifinal contest on Monday morning (7:30 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Network). The Swedes defeated the Americans, 3-2, in a semifinal-round shootout at the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. The winner of tomorrow’s game will face the winner of Canada-Switzerland on Thursday for the 2014 gold medal.