Backes leads US over Czechs; US moves to Olympic hockey semis

Backes leads US over Czechs; US moves to Olympic hockey semis

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SOCHI, - - FEBRUARY 19: David Backes #42 of the United States scores his team's third goal in the first period against Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Czech Republic during the Men's Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Playoff on Day 12 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Brian Snyder/Pool/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 2:43 PM

SOCHI, Russia -- Dustin Brown banged in a go-ahead goal late in the first period and the United States went on to dominate the Czech Republic 5-2 Wednesday, earning a spot in the Olympic hockey semifinals for the second straight time.

The U.S. will play the winner of the Canada-Latvia game on Friday for a spot in the gold-medal game.

James van Riemsdyk gave the Americans a lead 1:39 into the game. They lost it a few minutes later when one of their defenseman, Ryan McDonagh tried to clear the puck away from the front of the crease and it went off the left skate of Ryan Suter and got past Jonathan Quick.

The Blues' David Backes had a goal and assist.

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