Can college kids lift U.S. men into the medal round?

Ice Hockey- Winter Olympics Day 7

The five-goal haul meant the US scored more against Slovakia than it had in three group stage games combined, while at the other end Ryan Zapolski stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced. "We had I think our best game today". Terry finished the game with three assists in less than 17 minutes of playing time.

USA college star Troy Terry collected his third assist with 6:30 remaining in the second period, his centering pass blasted home by Mark Arcobello for a 3-0 U.S. lead.

The plan - the one USA Hockey officials always circled back to when trying to design a team without NHL players - worked to perfection Tuesday, the first time the Americans needed it most.

Ryan Donato led Team USA with two goals and Vienna, Virginia, native Garrett Roe scored in the third period. A win over the Czech Republic on Tuesday would at least give them a shot. He said he felt like he a pinched nerve in his neck. They also have Michal Repik, who leads the team with three goals and four points, and Michal Birner, who leads the team with three assists.

"In a tournament like this, you only win if you have a good goalie", Wisniewski said.

"It was huge for our confidence going into tomorrow", Wisniewski said. The game begins at 10:10 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on NBCSN in addition to live coverage online. Scoring five against the team Granato called perhaps the best defensive team in the tournament has the Americans feeling good going into the quarterfinals.

"I thought I've had a good tournament the whole time", Terry said. "We have a lot of belief in ourselves and we're excited to keep going".

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"There's some different weapons that we'll have to be aware of", Granato said.

The win put Tony Granato's men a step closer to reclaim that elusive gold medal that has evaded the USA since the "Miracle on Ice" at the Lake Placid games in 1980, when the team defied all the odds by beating the Soviet Union in the first game of the medal round, before clinching the top spot on the podium by beating Finland two days later.

Despite a 4-0 loss to the Russians to wrap up group play, Granato and his players believe they've gotten better each game and see a benefit in playing the extra qualification-round game to keep improving.

Unfortunately for the US, a matchup against the Czech Republic likely won't be so easy. "We have to attack, we have to get in on the forecheck, we have to use our offensive players that we do have, the skillset that we do have".

The Norwegians won their first Olympic hockey game since 1994 with a 2-1, come-from-behind overtime victory against Slovenia, thanks to 33 saves from Haugen. Seidenberg, who has played in Europe his entire career, is the younger brother of Islanders defenseman Dennis Seidenberg Germany didn't qualify for the Sochi Olympics, but rebounded in a big way in these Games by advancing to the quarterfinals, where they will face Sweden.

By contrast, the Czech Republic have been impressive throughout the competition in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and head into this knockout fixture unbeaten.

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