US men's hockey team loses to Czech Republic in heartbreaking shootout, is eliminated from Olympic play

  • The United States' men's hockey team lost to the Czech Republic in a shootout late Tuesday night.
  • American goalie Ryan Zapolski did his best to play hero at the end, stopping all but one attempt, but the United States couldn't find a matching goal in the shootout.
  • The loss eliminates the Americans from Olympic play and medal contention.


The United States' men's hockey team lost to the Czech Republic in a shootout late Tuesday night, eliminating the American team from Olympic play.

The American side put up a fine fight, facing a Czech Republic team that had earned a bye into the quarterfinals and thus was working off a bit more rest. Breakout star Ryan Donato would score the first goal of the game in the opening period, and after dropping down 2-1, Jim Slater would net a crucial shorthanded goal in the second period to tie the game back up. Neither team was able to find the net in the third, leading the game into overtime knotted 2-2.

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GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Team Czech Republic reacts after scoring a goal against the United States during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Team Czech Republic reacts after scoring a goal against the United States during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Broc Little #14 of the United States collides with Tomas Kundratek #84 of the Czech Republic during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Ryan Zapolski #30 of the United States looks on during a timeout against Czech Republic during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Broc Little #14 of the United States collides with Tomas Kundratek #84 of the Czech Republic during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Ryan Zapolski #30 of the United States looks on during a timeout against Czech Republic during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Ryan Zapolski #30 of the United States looks on during a timeout against Czech Republic during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Ryan Zapolski #30 of the United States looks on during a timeout against Czech Republic during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Pavel Francouz #33 of the Czech Republic makes a save against Ryan Donato #16 of the United States in the overtime penalty-shot shootout during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Pavel Francouz #33 of the Czech Republic makes a save against Ryan Donato #16 of the United States in the overtime penalty-shot shootout during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Pavel Francouz #33 of the Czech Republic makes a save against Ryan Donato #16 of the United States in the overtime penalty-shot shootout during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Pavel Francouz #33 of the Czech Republic makes a save against Troy Terry #23 of the United States in the overtime penalty-shot shootout during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Ryan Donato #16 of the United States falls over Pavel Francouz #33 of the Czech Republic into the Czech Republic goal in the third period during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Ryan Donato #16 of the United States falls over Pavel Francouz #33 of the Czech Republic into the Czech Republic goal in the third period during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Players from Team United States and Team Czech Republic shake hands after the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. Team Czech Republic defeated Team United States 3-2 in the overtime penalty-shot shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Petr Koukal #42 of the Czech Republic slides into the United States goal in the third period during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Petr Koukal #42 of the Czech Republic slides into the United States goal in the third period during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Czech Republic's Tomas Kundratek (L) and USA's Broc Little fight for the puck during overtime in the men's quarterfinals playoffs ice hockey match between Czech Republic the United States during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Hockey Centre in Gangneung on February 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Czech Republic's Tomas Mertl (L) and USA's Jordan Greenway fight for the puck during the men's quarterfinals playoffs ice hockey match between Czech Republic the United States during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Hockey Centre in Gangneung on February 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Chris Bourque #17 of the United States misses a shot on Pavel Francouz #33 of the Czech Republic in an overtime shootout during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Petr Koukal #42 of the Czech Republic scores a goal on Ryan Zapolski #30 of the United States in an overime shootout to defeat the United States 3-2 during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Ryan Donato #16 of the United States celebrates after scoring a goal against Czech Republic in the first period during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Tomas Kundratek #84 of the Czech Republic collides with Ryan Donato #16 of the United States in the first period during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Team Czech Republic celebrates after defeating the United States 3-2 in an overtime shootout during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Team Czech Republic celebrates after defeating the United States 3-2 in an overtime shootout during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Team Czech Republic celebrates after defeating the United States 3-2 in an overtime shootout during the Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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In the extra period, both teams would have their chances, but neither would capitalize, setting up a do-or-die shootout. U.S. goalie Ryan Zapolski did his best to keep his team in it, stopping all but one shot sent his way, but none of the American shooters could match, leaving the team to fall 1-0 in the shootout and be eliminated from Olympic play.

With the win, the Czech Republic are set to face either Norway or the Olympic Athletes from Russia in the semifinal, with a spot in the gold medal game on the line.

The loss is just the latest it what has been a disappointing Winter Olympics for the American delegation.

That said, the United States' hockey hopes aren't entirely over — the women's team will take on Canada in the gold medal game on Thursday.

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