Olympic Men's Hockey: Team USA to play qualification gameUnion Leader wire services
February 18. 2018 9:21PM
The U.S. men’s hockey team, which finished third in its preliminary-round group in the Olympic tournament, will face Slovakia in a qualification round game Monday night at 10:10 p.m. at Gangneung Hockey Centre. The winner will advance to a quarterfinal matchup against the Czech Republic here Wednesday.
The winner of each of the three groups and the team with the second-best record received byes to the quarterfinals. The Czechs won Group A, the Olympic Athletes from Russia won Group B, and Sweden won Group C. Canada had the best record among the second-place teams.
Slovakia finished fourth, one place behind the U.S., in preliminary-round play in Group B. The two teams met in the first round, with the U.S. winning 2-1 on a pair of power-play goals scored by Ryan Donato, one of four college players on the U.S. roster.
That was the U.S. team’s only victory in the first round; coach Tony Granato’s team lost to the Olympic Athletes from Russia, 4-0, and lost to Slovenia 3-2 in overtime.
Russian curler suspected of doping
According to multiple media reports Sunday, Russian curler Alexander Krushelnytsky failed a drug test and could potentially lose the bronze medal he earned in a mixed-doubles competition at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Krushelnytsky reportedly tested positive for meldonium, which has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances since January of 2016. The Associated Press reported Sunday that the Russian delegation in Pyeongchang acknowledged that a Russian athlete failed a drug test, though the delegate did not confirm a specific athlete.
The New York Times reported that the athlete in question is Krushelnytsky, according to an unnamed source. Krushelnytsky won a bronze medal in mixed-doubles curling with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova. The pair earned third place in a win over Norway and, according to a Reuters report citing an unnamed source published Sunday, Norway would receive the bronze medal if Krushelnytsky’s failed drug test is confirmed by a “B sample.”
This news comes in the wake of a statewide Russian doping scandal, which its government denies but led the International Olympic Committee to have the roughly 160 Russians in Pyeongchang compete under the name “Olympic Athletes from Russia” (or OAR).
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