US Set To Take On Canada In Semi-Finals
The United States earned another win in the tournament as they defeated the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal round by the final score of 5-2. With the win, they will take on Canada in the game to earn a spot in the gold medal game. As for the game against the Czech Republic, James van Riemsdyk gave the United States the early 1-0 lead just 1:39 into the game.
Latvia would convert on a weird bounce a few minutes later as Ryan McDonagh would attempt to clear the puck out of the United States zone and would bounce off one of the defenseman’s skate and past goaltender Jonathan Quick.
The United States would add two more goals towards the end of the first period as Dustin Brown would shoot one past the Latvian tender for the 2-1 lead on the assist from David Backes and Ryan Suter. David Backes would score with two seconds left before intermission as Ryan Suter picked up his second assist of the game.
In the second period, Zach Parise would take advantage of an interference call by converting on the power-play to give the United States the 4-1 lead. We jump to the third period as Phil Kessel continues to light the lamp for the United States squad, putting them up 4-1 just two minutes into the third period. Latvia wouldn’t go down without a fight as Ales Hemsky would score an unassisted goal at the 13:00 mark, but that would be all as the US would defeat Latvia, 5-2.