Today the United States advanced to the semi-finals of the 2014 Sochi Olympic games. The team they beat to do so was the Czech Republic, who featured Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek. The elimination of the Czech Republic leaves Kimmo Timonen as the only player from the Philadelphia Flyers in the tournament.
The United States played a solid game through and through. Former Flyer James van Reimsdyk scored a goal about a minute and half into the game. The Czechs fought back to tie the game and even had a few chances to take the lead. Jonathan Quick closed the door and the US opened up a 3-1 lead by the first intermission. The US won the game by a score of 5-2. The other US goal scorers were Dustin Brown, David Backes, Zach Parise, and Phil Kessel, while both Czech goals were scored by Ales Hemsky. The United States will face off against Canada on Friday in a rematch of the 2010 gold medal game.
Voracek did not play his strongest game of the tournament against the USA. He logged 14:50 of ice time and took a minor penalty. Although he is always adept at pushing the play, he seemed to go invisible for stretches at a time. I will post more thoughts on Voracek’s Olympic experience as a whole in a later blog. But for now, he will report back to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon.