USA 7, SVK 1
This morning USA Hockey took the ice agents Team Slovakia . There was just one problem it seems no one told the Slovakia players that they were in the Olympics. The United States team controlled, and dictated the game almost from the start.
The Larger ice surface had no effect on how well the U.S.team played. It looked like the American have played on it their whole lives. John Carlson opened the score in the first period. Slovakia answered back early in the second period with what would be their only goal (Tomas Tata). Tata’s goal should not have counted, but that didn’t matter; the U.S. team turned up the pressure and netted six more goals in the second. Yahoo had this to say.
The beneficiary of this offensive rout was goalie Jonathan Quick, starting his first Olympic game after serving as a backup to Ryan Miller in the 2010 Vancouver Games. His selection as starter over Miller was controversial, but outside of Slovakia’s lone tally, he was strong in making 22 saves.
After all the talk about who will be in net; Jonathan Quick only faced 23 shots. The majority of the shots came during the second period. There is no word yet on who will start Saturday morning when the USA takes on Russia.
Not only did the United States show they have the ability to light the lamp, they chased Slovakia goaltender Jaroslay Halak from the game.
Saturday will be a true test for USA Hockey, a win vs. the home town Russians could send shock waves through the Olympics.
USA Goal Scores
- Ryan Kesler (1)
- Paul Stastny (2)
- John Carlson (1)
- David Backes (1)
- Phil Kessel (1)
- Dustin Brown (1)