SOCHI, Russia (USA TODAY) - Questions about whether Team USA put enough scorerson its Olympic roster have been answered after the Americans moved intothe 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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Jamesvan Riemsdyk, Dustin Brown, David Backes, Zach Parise and Phil Kesselall scored for the Americans. Defenseman Ryan Suter assisted on threegoals.
When the Olympic roster was announced on Jan. 1, there wassecond-guessing on the selection committee's decision to leave off somehigh-scoring forwards, such as Bobby Ryan and Kyle Okposo.
Thecommittee recognized they were leaving some goals off the table, but wastrying to put together a team known for its fast pace and tenacity.
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TheAmericans expected to have enough scoring, and they have. Twelvedifferent players have found the net en route to the semifinals.
TheCzechs 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-goalbulge. Backes scored with two seconds left in the period.
Kessel leads the team with five goals, and eight points.
JonathanQuick is solid in net, making it obvious that he will be USA's guythrough the rest of the tournament unless there is an injury.