The Americans were at ease in the quarterfinals of the World Hockey Championships in Riga on Thursday, beating three unanswered goals in the first period as they beat Slovakia 6-1.
Forwards Connor Garland and Colin Blackwell each scored twice for the team led by Jack Capuano. Senior Brian Boyle and Sasha Kmelevsky reached this milestone in the winning case. Call Peterson chased down 27 shots against Adam Huska. The only counter that failed was Peter Sehlaric.
“Whoever we face in the semifinals, we will make sure we continue to play in a structured way and work very hard,” Kapuano promised on the International Ice Hockey Federation website.
“Every time we are on the ice, we always think about the good of the team. In every game, we know what we need to do to win. When we support each other and keep our identity, good things happen,” Blackwell said.
The United States has won the last seven games of the tournament. They have not won a gold medal in this competition since 1933.
Germany rarely passes
In another clash, Germany needed a shootout to advance to the semifinals with a 3-2 victory over Switzerland.
Dominic Cohen and Marcel Nobles scored in the shootout. Moved the strings in 44 seconds to go in regulatory time to create a tie. Tom Cunhawk also counted Germany in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010. Goalkeeper Matthias Niederberger stopped 20 shots.
Ramon Andersander and Fabrice Herzog started the Swiss club early. Leonardo Genoni chased down 38 shots.
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