U.S. men's hockey avoids elimination

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With Cajovsky given a match penalty - a five-minute major and an ejection - and Nagy in the penalty box for goaltender interference, the USA scored 18 seconds into its 5-on-3 power play with Donato screening Laco for Wisniewski's first goal to make it 2-0 at the 2:20 mark. He says he was "shocked" when he found out the reason and the 29-year-old's explanation that he tested positive for something in asthma medicine.

Donato scored his second of the game, this time on the power play, 16:46 into the third to put a capper on a convincing victory authored by the college players. Zapolski insisted he never felt concussion symptoms from the collision with Nagy, while Donato said he felt fine after taking a shoulder to the jaw from 6-foot-4 Slovakia defenseman Michal Cajovsky, who was ejected.

"He's a really tough kid, and you see how much just of a natural goal-scorer he is", Terry said. "I mean, they're kids, and they're just here having fun".

Slovakia responded on a power-play goal by Peter Ceresnak with 3:06 remaining in the second but Garrett Roe answered for the USA squad with 10:08 remaining and Donato tucked the puck inside the near post with 3:14 remaining to create the final margin.

They conceded 28 goals and scored twice in five games during the preliminary rounds, but were seen as part of a show of unity between the neighbouring nations after months of tension in the Korean peninsula.

"He hit my head and pinched my neck", said Zapolski.

"When the game was on the line, that five-on-three was huge", Granato said. "A little bit of a stinger".

"We came in with the intention of being confident, not just being anxious about going home", said Donato. It took a little bit. "It was a little bit of a scary thing for me kind of losing feeling in your body for a little bit, but it went away pretty quickly".

The Americans' scoring burst topped their entire output so far in Pyeongchang and again came on the strength, energy and speed of their small corps of college players.

With his second two-goal game, Donato equaled his father, Ted, who scored four goals for the U.S.at the 1992 Games in Albertville.

"I think people saw tonight we have a very fast team and a team that can play good hockey", Terry said, according to Newsday. "So we have a lot of belief in our team and we're excited to keep going".

The victory set up a quarter-final showdown against the Czech Republic, who were undefeated in pool play, on Wednesday, while Slovakia were eliminated from the tournament.

"Jimmy, like we said since Day One, this is his plan", Granato said Tuesday's win. But I think what we learned from our team is it doesn't matter what the other team does.

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