USA forward Dustin Brown celebrates after scoring a goal in the first period against the Czech Republic.(Photo: Scott Rovak, USA TODAY Sports)
SOCHI, Russia (USA TODAY) - Questions about whether Team USA put enough scorers
on its Olympic roster have been answered after the Americans moved into
the semifinals with a 5-2 quarterfinal win.
The Americans will now play the winner of the Canada-Latvia game on Friday. Sweden plays Finland in the other semifinal.
After four games, the Americans are the tournament's highest-scoring team and they have outscored the opposition 20-6.
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van Riemsdyk, Dustin Brown, David Backes, Zach Parise and Phil Kessel
all scored for the Americans. Defenseman Ryan Suter assisted on three
When the Olympic roster was announced on Jan. 1, there was
second-guessing on the selection committee's decision to leave off some
high-scoring forwards, such as Bobby Ryan and Kyle Okposo.
committee recognized they were leaving some goals off the table, but was
trying to put together a team known for its fast pace and tenacity.
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Americans expected to have enough scoring, and they have. Twelve
different players have found the net en route to the semifinals.
Czechs tied the game 1-1 in the first period on a goal by Ales Hemsky,
but Brown and Backes scored later in the period to give USA a two-goal
bulge. Backes scored with two seconds left in the period.
Kessel leads the team with five goals, and eight points.
Quick is solid in net, making it obvious that he will be USA's guy
through the rest of the tournament unless there is an injury.