Shattenkirk helps Team USA hockey advance to Olympic semis

USA defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, goaltender Jonathan Quick and forward Blake Wheeler celebrate their 5-2 win over the Czech Republic after the men's quarterfinal hockey game in Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

USA defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, goaltender Jonathan Quick and forward Blake Wheeler celebrate their 5-2 win over the Czech Republic after the men’s quarterfinal hockey game in Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

Former Greenwich resident and Brunswick School standout Kevin Shattenkirk picked up an assist against Czech Republic and helped the U.S. Men’s Ice Hockey Team advance to the semifinal round of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games with a dominating 5-2 victory earlier today.

With little over two minutes gone by in the third period, Shattenkirk started things out deep in the Team USA zone and passed the puck to Ryan Kesler, who was darting in front of the player’s benches. Once inside the Czech Republic zone, Kesler fired the puck to Phil Kessel, who was located in the left corner of goalie Alexander Salak for the goal and 5-2 lead.

Against the Czech Republic, Shattenkirk finished with 13:14 of ice time and had 16 shifts in the victory.

Team USA finished with five different athletes putting the puck between the pipes. In addition to Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Dustin Brown and Zach Parise all tallied goals.

In net, Milford’s Jonathan Quick was stellar, finishing with 21 saves.

With the victory, Team USA is 4-0 in Olympic play and will play Team Canada Friday in the semifinal round. Just as the U.S. game against the Czech Republic was ending, Team Canada was finishing off Lativa 2-1.

This is the third time in four Olympics that the U.S. advanced to the semifinal round. During the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, Team USA and Team Canada faced off in the gold medal game, with Canada’s Sidney Crosby scoring the overtime game-winning goal.

 

 

 

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