The Americans, who had previously defeated Slovakia, 2-1, in group play, advanced to Wednesday's quarterfinal matchup against undefeated Czech Republic (10:10 p.m. ET Tuesday).
Slovakia responded 26 seconds later with a body-slamming retaliation sequence as Michal Cajkovsky was sent off for 25 minutes for a blow to Donato's head at the same time Ladislav Nagy was whistled for flattening U.S. goaltender Ryan Zapolski.
"They're fearless", said goalie Ryan Zapolski, who made 22 saves despite jamming his neck on an interference penalty.
"We've had a lot of chances that we didn't score on", Donato said, the Associated Press reported. "He's fun to play with and if I get the puck to him I know it's got a pretty good chance of going in". "It was a little bit of a scary thing for me kind of losing feeling in your body for a little bit, but it went away pretty quickly". But they insist they are playing better each game and hope to be hitting their stride at the right time. "A little bit of a stinger".
"We came in with the intention of being confident, not just being anxious about going home", said Donato.
The U.S. came into the game scoring only four goals in three games. "We have guys saying 'there should've been more college guys, ' and stuff like that", said Terry, a senior at the University of Denver.
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GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 20: Mark Arcobello #26 of the United States celebrates with his teammates after scoring against Jan Laco #50 of Slovakia in the second period 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.
Unfortunately for the USA, a matchup against the Czech Republic likely won't be so easy. They also have Michal Repik, who leads the team with three goals and four points, and Michal Birner, who leads the team with three assists.
Scoring on the 5-on-3 power play that came with Cajovsky ejected and Nagy in the box was the kind of confidence-building goal the USA needed, and getting to five against the team coach Tony Granato called perhaps the best defensive team in the tournament has the Americans feeling good going into the quarterfinals. "We have a lot of belief in ourselves and we're excited to keep going". "I think what we learned from our team is it doesn't matter what the other team does. We have to attack, we have to get in on the forecheck, we have to use our offensive players that we do have, the skillset that we do have". The United States walloped Slovakia, 5-1, in its first elimination game of the Olympic tournament, rebounding from its trouncing at the hands of the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation with its first offensive explosion.
The victor of this game will face whoever advances from the quarterfinal between Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation and Norway.
- Finland played South Korea, with the victor advancing to take on Canada.
- Germany eliminated Switzerland 2-1 in overtime, advancing to play top-seeded Sweden on Wednesday night. St. Cloud State defenseman Will Borgen was a healthy scratch again for the United States. Former NHL player and coach Craig Ramsay coaches Slovakia.