Sochi Olympics Hockey, USA vs. Czech Republic Final Score: USA Cruises To Win


The United States has punched its ticket to Friday’s semi-final game at the Sochi Olympics after taking care of the Czech Republic 5-2 on Wednesday afternoon.

James van Riemsdyk opened the scoring for the United States 1:39 into the game, but the Czechs would tie it up after a Ryan McDonagh clearing attempt went off the leg of teammate Ryan Suter into the back of the net minutes later.

Dustin Brown, David Backes, Zach Parise and Phil Kessel all scored the Americans. For Kessel, it was his fifth goal and eighth point of the tournament. Suter had 3 assists for the United States while goaltender Jonathan Quick made 21 saves.

Czech goaltender Ondrej Pavelic only lasted two periods of play after giving up four goals on 12 shots. His backup, Alexander Salak, allowed 1 goal on 13 shots. Ales Hemsky scored both goals for a Czech Republic team that finishes the tournament 2-3 overall.

The United States now has a date with Canada on Friday afternoon in the semifinals. The winner of that game will face the winner of Sweden vs. Finland for the Gold Medal on Sunday.

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Tags: 2014 Sochi Olympics Czech Republic Men's Hockey United States