Team USA Hockey Eliminated By Czech Republic In Olympic Shootout Loss


Czech Republic's hockey team has won the match against the team of the United States at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics and booked a spot in semi-final. Neither team was able to find the net in the third, leading the game into overtime knotted 2-2.

Forced into a shootout, the Americans' fatal flaw surfaced.

But the USA was unable to overcome a Czech team who bossed the quarterfinal matchup for long stretches, pinning the its own defensive zone with a well-organized forecheck and crisp passing when they had possession.

In the shootout, Koukal faked and when United States goaltender Ryan Zapolski moved, flipped the puck past him on the decisive shot. After a series of dekes, Bourque buried a shot in Francouz's blocker.

NOTES: Donato's fifth goal passed his father, Ted, who scored four playing for the the 1992 Albertville Games. Mark Arcobello shot a wrister from close range into Francouz's pads.

Four years ago in Sochi, the Americans won a thriller against Russian Federation, riding on the heroics of T.J. Oshie, then a member of the St. Louis Blues.

A shot by Ryan Donato of the United States flies past Czech goalie Pavel Francouz during the first period.

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Playing four-on-four in overtime on large Olympic ice in its second game in two days, the USA flagged late. And it was Ryan Zapolski in net instead of Jonathan Quick, who was back in North America on the bench for the Los Angeles Kings' 60th game in an National Hockey League regular season that rolled on, right through the Olympics.

With 35 seconds left in overtime, US defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti's shot hit Francouz and sat in the crease, but the goalie was able to cover up. As a result, the US team is composed of a mix of minor-league and college players, along with pros from overseas leagues.

Instead of letting frustration build, Brian O'Neill used his speed to reach a loose puck and fed Slater on a breakaway for a massive shorthanded goal to not only stop the bleeding but also tie the game for good until the shootout. With 80 seconds remaining, Czech Vojtech Mozik took a slashing penalty, but the USA power play had been a special kind of mess all day, and it never generated much heat. The team's first goal came on a pass from Terry to Donato, who sizzled a wrist shot past Francouz from the top of the left circle. On the power play and at even strength, the Czechs tilted the ice on the Americans and hemmed them in the zone, scoring a predictable goal from Kundratek 8:14 in to go up 2-1. Czech Republic jumped out to a 1-0 shootout lead by scoring on its second shootout attempt. Zapolski stoned several Czech chances, effectively killing one penalty by himself.

The Czechs answered late in the period when Jan Kolar's rocket from the point sailed past Zapolski.

The Czechs tied it up and then went ahead before Jim Slater scored a crucial short-handed goal in the second, just when it seemed the Americans were caving under the intense Czech pressure.

The Czech Republic largely took over the game in the second period, which it started with a power play.