Needing a win to avoid elimination, the U.S. men's hockey team delivered with a 5-1 victory over Slovakia on Tuesday.
Ryan Donato scored two goals for the U.S. in the victory, with James Wisniewski adding a goal and an assist. Troy Terry had three assists.
The two teams skated to a 0-0 tie after a first period that saw Slovakia outshoot the U.S. by a 9-7 margin.
Donato then opened up the scoring at 21:36 of the first period, getting assists from Matt Gilroy and Terry to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead.
Less than a minute later, Terry again assisted as Wisniewski scored his goal on a power play to put America up 2-0.
Mark Arcobello scored at the 33:30 mark of the second period to make the score 3-0. Terry had his third assist of the game on Arcobello's goal, with Jonathon Blum also assisting.
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.
Garrett Roe and Donato each added a goal for the U.S. in the third period to close out the game's scoring.
Goalie Ryan Zapolski stopped 22 of 23 shots for Team USA, while Jan Laco stopped 26 of 31 shots for Slovakia.
The U.S. will next play the Czech Republic in a quarterfinal game set for 10:10 p.m. ET Tuesday. The Czech Republic topped Group A with a 2-0-1 record, beating South Korea and Switzerland in regulation and Canada in overtime.
The United States had a 1-1-1 record in Group B play, beating Slovakia, losing to Slovenia in overtime and getting blanked 4-0 by the Olympic Athletes from Russia.
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