The U.S., winners of Group B, meets Slovakia, fourth-place in Group A, here today in the quarterfinals. Team USA will be the home team and will wear its blue jerseys for the third time.
THE SERIES VS. SLOVAKIA
The U.S. owns a 4-2-1-4-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) record in 12 tournament meetings against Slovakia. In 2019, the two teams opened tournament play in Kosice, Slovakia, where the host nation skated to a 4-1 victory. Today marks just the second-ever quarterfinal meeting between the U.S. and Slovakia. On May 11, 2000, Slovakia defeated the U.S. by a 4-1 and went on to reach the gold-medal game where they fell to the Czech Republic, 5-3.
10TH-STRAIGHT QUARTERFINAL APPEARANCE
This is the 10th straight Men's World Championship the U.S. has advanced to the quarterfinal round. All-time, Team USA is 6-3-3-11 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in 23 appearances and has won three of its last five quarterfinal berths (2-1-0-2). Quarterfinal games have been played in the tournament since 1992 with the exception of 1997, 1998 and 1999. Of the 23 years quarterfinals have been played, the U.S. has qualified all but twice.
Team USA's eight goals allowed is the fewest by a U.S. entry in group play since the tournament format change in 2012 ... With Team USA's win over Italy (4-2), the U.S. is now 9-1-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) on the second night of back-to-backs and 15-2-0-4 (W-OTW-OTL-L) overall in back-to-back situations since 2016 ... On June 1, it was announced that captain Justin Abdelkader will miss the remainder of the tournament due to a lower-body injury and Brian Boyle will serve as captain moving forward ... The U.S. record in Latvia has been similar to the gold medal-winning U.S. National Junior Team this past year. More on page 2 ... U.S. defenseman Matt Tennyson and Slovakian forward Marian Studenic skated this season together with the New Jersey Devils while Slovakian goaltender Adam Huska knows both U.S. forwards Tage Thompson (through Univ. of Connecticut) and Colin Blackwell (through Hartford Wolf Pack) ... Slovakia's head coach, Craig Ramsey, was both an assistant and interim head coach (Florida Panthers 1992-95; Philadelphia Flyers (1998-2000) for teams that featured goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck, who's here with the U.S. Men's National Team in Riga, Latvia.