Ryan Donato scored two power-play goals and Troy Terry dominated with his speed as college players led the United States to an important 2-1 victory over Slovakia on Friday at the Olympics.
Slovakia pushed the pace in the third period, but were unable to get an equalizing goal on Team USA.
Boston Bruins prospect Ryan Donato - who now skates collegiately for Harvard University - got a feed from Denver University's Troy Terry, and the 21-year-old finished a laser of a wrister to put the US on the board first.
"Life's moving pretty fast right now", Donato said after the victory. The Soviet Union went on one of the great runs of any team in any sport after that, winning gold at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. "We get a couple of those, it's a different game going into third". The biggest challenge for the USA then, now and potentially moving forward, is cashing on its offensive chances. With three players in their early 20s leading the way, the Americans are young and inexperienced but say they aren't intimidated by the team of Russian athletes that blew out the same Slovenia team the Americans lost to in overtime. We are right back at it tomorrow against Russian Federation.
The Russian hockey team is starting to look a lot more like the Olympic favorite everyone expected it to be. He has also got a ton of work to do on papers for his classes in social psychology and the sociology of immigration while he's at the games.
"I still have some gas left in my tank, so I hope I score some more", Kovalchuk said.
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For Donato, hockey appears to be less so. As if that goal wasn't deflating enough for the U.S., Slava Voynov sprung Kovalchuk for a semi-breakaway, and the former Atlanta Thrashers and New Jersey Devils sniper beat Zapolski clean 32 seconds into the third for a 4-0 advantage.
Officials awarded Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson a penalty shot at 16:08 of the second after Canadian forward Haley Irwin placed a glove on top of the puck in the crease amid a pile of bodies in the crease.
Game notes: USA defenseman Will Borgen was a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game.
The people at Harvard are familiar with all this. Donato has showed plenty of scoring prowess this season, tallying 21 goals and 10 assists for the Crimson before heading to South Korea. "I think the more that we just kind of settle in and not make too big a deal out of the game and just know it's another hockey game is the biggest thing for us". Back then, two rosters packed with NHL All-Stars dueled to a 3-2 shootout win for the Americans in Sochi. Lamoureux-Davidson, who scored the fastest back-to-back goals in Olympic history in the USA win over Russian Federation, went too slow and Lacasse easily deflected her backhand shot. Now he is trying to get used to the idea of facing them on the ice. The United States won two of the first three, but Canada now has won five straight against their biggest and only rival.
Ryan Donato said he talked to his father before the game against Slovakia.