COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - NBC Sports Group and TeamUSA.org will provide unprecedented coverage of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, including more than eight hours of sled hockey action on NBC and NBC Sports Network.
The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games run March 7-16 in Sochi, Russia. Team USA is the defending gold medalists from the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. The U.S. won the bronze medal at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, and captured its first gold medal at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
NBC Sports Group will broadcast four sled hockey games in full, plus additional coverage in its studio shows. NBCSN will feature the USA-Italy game during its March 8 studio show at 5:30 p.m. ET. The USA-South Korea game will be featured during the NBCSN studio show on March 9 at 11:00 p.m. ET. The USA-Russia contest on March 11 will be shown in its entirety at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. On March 13, the semifinal games will be broadcast live at 5 a.m. and noon ET on NBCSN. Finally, complete coverage of the March 15 gold-medal game will start at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. All U.S. games in the tournament will be streamed live at TeamUSA.org.
Notes: Team USA's captain is Andy Yohe, while its alternate captains are Taylor Chace and Josh Sweeney ... The youngest player on the roster is Brody Roybal, who turned 15 in May and is making his Paralympic debut. Declan Farmer turned 16 in November ... The oldest player is Andy Yohe at 35 ... Four members of the team have served in the U.S. military. Jen Lee is active duty in the U.S. Army. Rico Roman is a U.S. Army veteran, while Paul Schaus and Josh Sweeney served in the U.S. Marine Corps ... Dan Brennan, director of sled and inline hockey for USA Hockey, is the general manager of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. Jeff Sauer is head coach of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, while Guy Gosselin, serves as the team's assistant coach ... Additional staff members include team physician Mike Uihlein, athletic trainer Mike Cortese, equipment manager Joel Isaacson and Matt Trevor, USA Hockey's manager of communications.
NAGANO, Japan - The Czech Republic scored three goals in the second period and used a 38-save performance from goaltender Dominik Hasek to defeat the United States, 4-1, in the quarterfinal round of the XVIII Olympic Winter Games men's ice hockey tournament here Wednesday afternoon.
The Czech Republic, which improved to 3-1-0 overall in the Olympic tournament, advances to Friday's semifinal round to meet the winner of the Canada-Kazakhstan quarterfinal. The United States fell to 1-3-0 overall and was eliminated from Olympic competition.
The United States built a 1-0 lead at 16:12 of the first period when forward Mike Modano (Dallas Stars/Livonia, Mich.) worked a backhand shot from close range past Hasek. Modano's goal, his second of the Olympic tournament, was set-up by a cross-ice feed from forward Tony Amonte (Chicago Blackhawks/Hingham, Mass.) and a second assist from forward Keith Tkachuk (Phoenix Coyotes/Melrose, Mass.).
The Czech Republic tied the game at 8:21 of the second period when forward Vladimir Ruzicka stuffed a rebound past U.S. goaltender Mike Richter (New York Rangers/Abington, Pa.). Ruzicka's goal, his third of the Olympic tournament, was assisted by forwards Jaromir Jagr and Martin Straka. Ruzicka's goal was followed just :58 later by a goal from Jagr, who scored on a wrist shot from between the circles.
The Czechs moved ahead 3-1 at 16:35 of the second period when forward Martin Rucinsky registered his third goal of the Olympic tournament on a shot from beyond the left face-off circle. Forward Jiri Dopita added an unassisted goal with :39 remaining in the third period to make the final score 4-1.
The United States held a sizable, 39-19 advantage in shots on goal, including 15 shots in the third period. Richter registered 14 saves for Team USA in suffering his third loss of the XVIII Olympic Winter Games.
Team Czech Republic 0 3 1 4
Team USA 1 0 0 1
First period -- Scoring: 1, USA, Modano (Amonte, Tkachuk), 16:12. Penalties: Hejduk, CZE (interference), 2:39; Roenick, USA (hooking), 11:43; Suter, USA (high sticking), 13:34.
Second period -- Scoring: 2, CZE, Ruzicka (Jagr, Straka), 8:21. 3, CZE, Jagr (Dopita), 9:19. 4, CZE, Rucinsky (Lang, Smehlik), 16:35. Penalties: Tkachuk, USA (high sticking), 9:28; Slegr, CZE (holding), 11:37; Slegr, CZE (holding), 19:13.
Third period -- Scoring: 5, CZE, Dopita (unassisted), 19:21. Penalties: Amonte, USA (charging), 6:36.
Shots on goal USA 10-14-15 39. CZE 5-8-6 19.
Goalies Richter, USA (18 shots, 14 saves), Vanbiesbrouck (1 shot, 1 saves). Hasek, CZE (39 shots, 38 saves).
After a 5-4 loss to Russia on Tuesday, Team USA advanced to the quarterfinal round, where on Wednesday it will play Team USA at 11:30 a.m EST. The United States twice cut two-goal deficits to eventually tie the game at 3-3 and 4-4 before falling in the third period.