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U.S. Eliminated by Slovakia in Dramatic Shootout Finish in Men's Hockey Quarterfinals

Slovakia advances to the semifinals after a shootout win against the U.S.

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Slovakia defeated the United States 3-2 to advance to the semifinals in men's hockey.

Juraj Slafkovsky scored the first goal of the game for Slovakia, but the first period ended knotted after Team USA's Nick Abruzzese scored a late goal. Sam Hentges then scored the go-ahead goal in the second to give Team USA a 2-1 lead.

The U.S had many opportunities to put the game away in the third after multiple power plays saw far too many missed shots -- the U.S. was outshot 36-35 and went 0-for-4. Slovakia pulled its goalie and tied up the game at 2-2 with 43 seconds remaining on a goal by Marek Hrivik to send the game into overtime.

With no scored goals in the 3-on-3 overtime, the U.S. and Slovakia headed to a shootout where Team USA was unable to put the puck past Patrik Rybar in five attempts, and Peter Cehlarik scored in round four for what proved to be the winner.

The U.S. was also eliminated via the shootout against the Czech Republic during the 2018 Olympic quarterfinals in PyeongChang.

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