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USA Wins Group; Advances to Olympic Quarterfinals

02/16/2014, 8:00am CST
By bwerger

United States wins all three Group A games

A 5-1 victory over Slovenia was the third win in three games for the United States as they won Group A and earned a bye into quarterfinal action at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Joe Pavelski (Waterloo Black Hawks, 2002-04) assisted on all three goals of Phil Kessel's natural hat trick while David Backes (Lincoln Stars, 2001-03) of the St. Louis Blues also scored a goal for the United States.

T.J. Oshie (Sioux Falls Stampede, 2004-05) of the St. Louis Blues and Blake Wheeler (Green Bay Gamblers, 2004-05) of the Winnipeg Jets each recorded an assist in the victory for USA.

The United States returns to the ice on Wednesday for quarterfinal action.




Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14.  A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (, twitter (, and YouTube (  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (

It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.

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