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Team USA moves on to quarterfinals, sets sights on medals at Worlds

May 14, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

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It hasn’t always been pretty for Team USA at the 2012 World Championships, but after defeating Finland 5-0 the Americans have hardware officially on their minds. The victory helped punch America’s ticket into the quarterfinals for the eighth time in nine years and they’ve perhaps rounded into form at the right time.

Team USA coach Scott Gordon tells USAHockey.com that their win over the host country is the best game they’ve played in the tournament in a long time.

“That’s as good of a game as we’ve played in the four years I’ve been coming over here,” said Scott Gordon, who is the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team for the third straight year and was an assistant for the 2009 squad. “We talked before the game about how important this game was and that every player had to contribute in some way for us to be successful. Our guys can be proud of beating a very good Finland team.”

With just one game left in the preliminary round, it’s all about jockeying for position for the quarterfinals. Team USA sits second in Group H, three points behind Canada. The U.S. has an outside shot at first but needs Canada to lose in regulation to Belarus tomorrow while and to beat Switzerland in regulation. That would be a stunning turn of events.

The United States is just one point ahead of both Slovakia and Finland. If the standings hold where they are now, Team USA would face the Czech Republic from Group S in the quarterfinals as they sit third there. Group S will see Russia, Sweden, Czech Republic, and Norway all move on to the next round.

  1. gotampabay52 - May 14, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Go USA, this would be awesome. Better then our US men’s soccer program. Way to represent team USA

  2. dannythebisforbeast - May 14, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    I watch ESPN and didn’t know this existed. I thought the only sport was NBA

  3. hky15 - May 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Check your sources, quarterfinals are played within groups (S and H, 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3), semifinals are played ‘cross’ groups.
    Anyway Go team USA!

  4. schuckme - May 15, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    so how bout a time?? how do u write this and not mention whether or not it will be televised if at all at least on nbc sportsnet and of course the time the puck drops??

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