Team USA takes first place in Group A and advances to quarter-finals

BEIJING — The United States Men’s Olympic Hockey Team advances to the quarterfinals in Beijing.

On Sunday morning, the United States won their third and final preliminary game 3-2 against Germany. Steven Kampfer, MSU-Mankato junior forward Nathan Smith and University of Minnesota freshman forward Matthew Knies each scored a goal for the United States.

Team USA is the youngest of the twelve nations competing at the 2022 Winter Olympics. With the win and a total of nine points, the USA earns a first-place finish in Group A and secures secure a bye to the quarter-finals.

The Russian Olympic Committee, Finland and Sweden also qualified directly for the quarter-finals. Canada, Germany, China, Denmark, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Slovakia and Latvia will all have one more chance to stay alive in qualifying playoffs on Monday and Tuesday.

The Germans won silver in Pyeongchang in 2018, while the ROC won gold and Canada finished with bronze.

Team USA will hit the ice Tuesday or Wednesday to keep their Olympic hopes alive.

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