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Czech-ing out: Pavelec hooked after fourth U.S. goal

Feb 19, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT

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Add Ondrej Pavelec to the list of goalies unable to stop the American offense.

Pavelec was hooked after allowing four goals on 11 shots in Wednesday’s quarterfinal, replaced by backup Alexander Salak with the U.S. holding a commanding 4-1 lead.

The Winnipeg ‘tender looked shaky throughout the contest and seemed to struggle mightily with lively end boards at the Shayba Arena. The Americans opened the scoring early when James van Riemsdyk tallied just 1:39 into the contest, and were up 3-1 at the end of the first period thanks to goals from Dustin Brown and David Backes — the latter coming with just two seconds left in the frame, as Backes took a shot that bounced off the dasher and put it past Pavelec.

Less than 10 minutes into the second period, U.S. captain Zach Parise scored his first goal of the Olympics — on the power play — as Pavelec was again fooled on a lively bounce off the end boards.

As mentioned above, Pavelec isn’t alone in his inability slow down the U.S. goalscorers this tournament. Slovakia’s Jaroslav Halak was also hooked during a 7-1 loss to the Americans in the opening game for both teams.

  1. r8rbhawk - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    I’m loving that BBC line, nice work boys!

    • hazlydose - Feb 19, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      I was down voted when the roster was announced because I said that I liked the idea of Brown-Backes-Callahan being a great shut down line…

  2. cofran2004 - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    What I’m shocked by is how much trouble canada is having with Latvia. How is that game still tied??

    • bucrightoff - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Because Canada thought they could show up and win. Latvia outworking them and wanting it so much worse.

      • cofran2004 - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        Hey, good. I hope Latvia scores 6 goals this period.

      • dtownbeatdown - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        Latvias goalie is out working Canada… but the Canadians have been dominating them in Latvias zone. They are just having a hard time getting past Latvias goalie.

      • thailer35 - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        That goalie is doing all he can to earn himself an NHL contract.

  3. imgoingtowichita - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    He just performed incredibly well for his NHL boss, Stevey Y. Contract shouldn’t be too far away.

    • thesportsjudge - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      Referring to whom?

      • Moop - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        The Latvian goalie. He’s a Lightning draft pick.

      • thesportsjudge - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        Of course, because, you know, that is what THIS article is about…the game Latvia played……SMH

  4. imgoingtowichita - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Thx Moop. On the app I can’t reply to comments directly. I think he was 5th round this past summer??

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