SOCHI, Russia – T.J. Oshie (Warroad, Minn./St. Louis Blues) scored four times on six shootout attempts, including the clinching tally in the eighth round, to deliver a 3-2 shootout victory for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team over Russia today at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Cam Fowler (Farmington Hills, Mich./Anaheim Ducks) and Joe Pavelski (Plover, Wis./San Jose Sharks) each tallied power-play goals in regulation, and goaltender Jonathan Quick (Milford, Conn./Los Angeles Kings) made 29 saves during regulation and overtime, plus another five stops in the shootout.
Russia’s Pavel Datsyuk opened the scoring midway through the second period by splitting the U.S. defense and beating Quick with a glove-side wrist shot.
Team USA tied the game with a Fowler power-play goal at 16:34. Phil Kessel’s (Madison, Wis./Toronto Maple Leafs) shot from the left circle rebounded to James van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J./Toronto Maple Leafs), who slid the puck across the crease and off of Fowler’s left skate into the net.
Quick and Team USA denied a pair of Russian power plays in the opening five minutes of the third period. At 5:07, Quick made a sprawling glove save on Evgeni Malkin’s one-time blast.
Pavelski converted on a man-advantage at 9:27, one-timing a perfect pass from Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./Chicago Blackhawks) to put the U.S. ahead 2-1. Following a faceoff win, Kane setup outside the right circle before firing a pass through multiple Russians that found Pavelski in the left circle.
Russia capitalized on the power play at 12:44, tying the game 2-2. From the right circle, Datsyuk utilized a screen in front and slid the puck between the legs of Quick.
Kane had the best chance for either team in overtime, a breakaway with 2:43 to go that was stopped by Russian goaltender Sergei Bobrovski, who finished with 31 saves.
Team USA (1-1-0-0, W-OTW-OTL-L) can secure first place in Group A with a victory tomorrow (Feb. 16) over Slovenia at Shayba Arena. The U.S. preliminary round finale will start at 7:30 a.m. ET and can be viewed live on NBC Sports Network.
Starting with the upcoming season, USA Hockey is launching a new online curriculum in our Officiating Education Program. In addition to the standard registration requirements, including application, open and closed book testing and attendance at a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar, every official must complete the online material prior to receiving their card and crest for 2014-15.
The online curriculum is designed to enhance educational experience with accurate and consistent officiating information. The online modules will be broken down into three categories. The first two requirements will include general and level-specific presentations. The third category will have elective courses from a variety of topics such as positioning, procedures, penalty criteria and the mental game. These electives will be level-specific and allow you to hone your officiating skills in areas you select.
The length of each presentation will vary depending on content and focus. The majority of the presentations will fall in the 5- to 10-minute range, followed by a short quiz reviewing the content. The entire online curriculum will take 3-5 hours to complete, depending on the level of the official. The in-person seminar each official will be required to attend will be abbreviated and designed to supplement the material presented in the online curriculum.
Instructions on accessing the online seminar will be sent to you upon receiving your USA Hockey application. The curriculum will be accessed through your USAHockey.com profile and can be completed at your leisure, meaning you can log out and log back in to pick up where you left off. Some presentations are designed to be viewed before attending the seminar as a means to improve the overall seminar experience. These will be highlighted for your consideration.
Officials will find this new system to be beneficial and it will make your overall USA Hockey experience a more valuable one. Let’s get the season off to a great start!