Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Boston Bruins: Ryan Donato continues to dazzle at Olympics

Boston Bruins: Ryan Donato continues to dazzle at Olympics

The United States defeated their rivals from Slovakia for the second time, ending their performance at the Olympics. Slovakia failed to keep up with the speed of Team USA in their first meeting, especially on the power play, where the top unit of Mark Arcobello, Ryan Donato and Troy Terry thrived.

Donato's first strike came early in the second period to put the Americans on the board.

The Czechs, who are themselves looking for a first Olympic medal since the bronze they claimed in Turin in 2006, have played a game less than the us after winning Group A and qualifying directly for the quarters.

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 20: Brian Gionta #12 of the United States skates for the puck against Slovakia during the Men's Play-offs Qualifications game on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

Team USA celebrates after winning the men's quarterfinals playoffs ice hockey match against Slovakia.

"We came in feeling confident about not going home". James Wisniewski, Mark Arcobello and Garrett Roe also scored for the Americans, who took advantage of a 5-on-3 second-period power play for hits on Donato and goaltender Ryan Zapolski.

Before he began his journey halfway across the globe, Harvard coach Ted Donato wrapped up his team's senior night, knowing a coach belonged with his players.

Next up is a date with the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals, with a less-than-24-hour turnaround. It took a little bit.

"He's a really tough kid, and you see how much just of a natural goal-scorer he is", Terry said of Donato.

With his father Ted, a 1992 U.S. Olympian and the head men's hockey coach at Harvard looking on, Ryan Donato literally set the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team on the path to victory in a do-or-die situation Tuesday. Ryan Donato (who else?) does the honors 1:36 into the second period. Man oh man is this guy going to be a great National Hockey League player.

The Slovaks got on the scoreboard later in the period with a power-play goal when Jordan Greenway was in the penalty box for slashing, Peter Ceresnak's slap shot from the point deflected by a US stick and past a stranded Zapolski. "I think the similarities [this year], I hope, is that they'll surprise some people".

Zapolski allowed four goals against the Russians and it would be devastating if he would not be able to stop the Slovaks.

Team USA and the Czech Republic met at the corresponding stage in Sochi four years ago, with the Americans emerging 5-2 winners on their way to a semi-final reverse against Canada.

"It's a little different for the move I usually do for the five hole", Terry said of his try as his parents and brother watched nervously from the stands.

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