Ice Hockey - Czechs beat USA in shootout to reach semis

Ice Hockey - Czechs beat USA in shootout to reach semis

Zapolski got better throughout the Olympics, and he stopped 18 of 20 shots in regulation and overtime against the Czechs.

"He's always been someone that can raise his game in the big games", Chuck Terry, Troy's father, said. Zapolski kept the USA alive with back-to-back saves on Czech Republic's third and fourth shooter, but the United States-including Ducks prospect Troy Terry-could not score. Petr Koukal was the man who granted the Czech's their 1st semi-final in 12 years.

Playing four-on-four in overtime on large Olympic ice in its second game in two days, the US flagged late.

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In the shootout, Koukal faked and when U.S. goaltender Ryan Zapolski moved, flipped the puck past him on the decisive shot.

"I wanted one more crack at them", Granato said. Bourque was part of a shootout loss that eliminated his team 20 years after his father, Ray, was one of five shooters for Canada who couldn't beat Hasek.

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"Our team left it on the ice, we played hard, we played well", Granato told reporters after the quarterfinal defeat.

But no good at the end does not mean no good in the end. "I thought I put a pretty good fake in and deked to my backhand".

"Proud", he said, his voice rising, thick with emotion. The Americans left that game, despite the lopsided score, believing they had played Russian Federation evenly. A shorthanded goal by Jim Slater tied it at two and shifted the momentum back in favor of his club.

This team had the best young talent it could select in Terry, Donato and fellow college player Jordan Greenway. "We did that. So we have a lot to be proud of".

Granato also refused to be drawn on whether the outcome would have been different if the National Hockey League players had been allowed to participate.

Part of the reason for the United States poor performance in the sport the country is usually dominant in is because the National Hockey League (NHL) is now in season play.

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