Czech Republic Up Tonight
Mark Arcobello '10 had a goal and Broc Little '11 and Brian O'Neill '12 had assists as Team USA survived a physical match to advance to the quarterfinal round with a 5-1 win over Slovakia Tuesday afternoon at the Gangneung Hockey Center.
After a scoreless first period, Ryan Donato put Team USA on the board 1:36 into the second period. Slovakia went down two men less than 30 seconds later when it was hit with two penalties: a two-minute call against Ladislav Nagy for interference with a goalkeeper and a 25-minute penalty against Michal Cajkovsky, who was called for checking to Donato's head and neck area.
That led to James Wisniewski's score to put the Americans up 2-0 at the 22:20 mark. Arcobello tallied at 33:30 to push the margin to 3-0 when he found an opening in the slot, took a feed from behind the goal line and made a nifty move to find the net.
However, Slovakia pulled a goal back when Peter Ceresnak scored on a power play three minutes before the second intermission.
Garrett Roe one-timed a pass from Little on the right side to beat goalkeeper Jan Laco for an insurance goal at 49:52. Little got the puck from former Yale teammate O'Neill before making the great pass.
Donato added his second goal of the game with a wrist shot from the left circle on a power play that rocketed past Laco's stick at 56:46 for the final margin.
The Americans used a late flurry to build a 33-23 advantage in shots taken and converted two power play opportunities to Slovakia's one.
Team USA moves on to the quarterfinal round, where it will meet the Czech Republic at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday KT/10:10 p.m. ET Tuesday ET.