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GAMEDAY: U.S. Men Close Olympic Preliminary Round vs. OAR

By USAHockey.com, 02/16/18, 6:15PM EST

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Puck drop set for 7:10 a.m. ET on NBCSN

The 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team plays its third and final preliminary round game tonight against the Olympic Athletes from Russia. Opening faceoff is set for 9:10 p.m. local time (7:10 a.m. ET) and the game will be broadcast live on NBCSN and streamed live at NBCOlympics.com.

THE SERIES
The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team is 1-1-0-2-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) all-time against Russia at the Olympics. The teams last met in the Olympics in 2014 in the preliminary round with the U.S. earning a 3-2 shootout victory. T.J. Oshie scored four times in six shootout attempts, inclusive the decisive goal in the eighth round, to help the U.S. secure the win.

USA vs. O.A.R. Series History

DATE ROUND RESULT GF-GA
2/15/14 Preliminary W 3-2 OT/SO
2/21/06 Preliminary L 4-5
2/22/02 Semifinals W 3-2
2/16/02 Preliminary T 2-2
2/21/92 Semifinals L 2-5
TOTALS --

1-1-0-2-1

(W-OTW-OTL-L-T)

14-16

                                           

LOOKING TO WIN GROUP
The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team looks to win its group for the third straight Olympic Winter Games and earn a bye directly to the quarterfinals. In 2014, the U.S. beat Slovakia (7-1), Russia (3-2, SO), and Slovenia (5-1) to win its group, while in 2010, the U.S. downed Switzerland (3-1), Norway (6-1) and Canada (5-3) to earn the bye. A U.S. win in any fashion tonight against Russia will secure the bye for Team USA.

TIDBITS
Ryan Donato scored two power play goals yesterday (Feb. 16) to help propel the U.S. to a 2-1 win over Slovakia. Donato and his father Ted, who played for Team USA in the 1992 Olympic Winter Games, are the only father-son tandem to both score a goal in the Olympics for the U.S. There are three total father-son combos that have played for the U.S. in Olympic men's ice hockey history, also including Bob (1980) and Ryan Suter (2010, 2014) and Ed (1956) and Gary Sampson (1984) ... Following last night's game, Abby and Ellie Johannson, the wife and daughter of U.S. general manager Jim Johannson, were presented with the game puck in the team's lockerroom. Jim Johannson unexpectedly passed away at the age of 53 in the early morning hours of Jan. 21, 2018, at this home in Colorado Springs, Colo. In addition, John Johannson, brother of Jim Johannson, was on hand to present the U.S. player of the game award to Ryan Donato ... After losing its first game and winning its second in an Olympic tournament, the U.S. is 3-3-0 in its third game ... Ryan Donato is the first player with Harvard roots to score a goal in the Olympics for the U.S. men since Ted Drury tallied on Feb. 26, 1994, in a 4-3 loss to Germany.

YOUTH HOCKEY SPOTLIGHT
U.S. defenseman Ryan Gunderson (Bensalem, Pa.), who played college hockey at the University of Vermont, is competing in his first Olympic Winter Games. He plays professionally for Brynas IF in the Swedish Hockey League. Gunderson credits Jerry Domish for helping his achieve the level of success he’s had in his hockey career.

 “Jerry was my coach at the Peewee (12U) and Bantam (14U) levels and he emphasized the fundamentals of the game. We worked a lot on skill development. He really taught me a lot about accountability and that’s something I have taken with me to this day.”

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2018 U.S. Men's Olympic Schedule

Date Opponent Round Result Venue
Wed., Feb. 14 Slovenia Preliminary OTL, 2-3 Kwandong Hockey Centre
Fri., Feb. 16 Slovakia Preliminary W, 2-1 Gangneung Hockey Centre
Sat., Feb. 17 Olympic Athletes From Russia Preliminary L, 0-4 Gangneung Hockey Centre
Tues., Feb. 20 Slovakia Qualification W, 5-1 Gangneung Hockey Centre
Wed., Feb 21 Czech Republic Quarterfinals SOL, 2-3 Gangneung Hockey Centre

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