With the win, the U.S. advances to the tournament semifinals and will play Germany on Saturday (May 27) in Tampere, Finland. Opening faceoff is set for 6:20 p.m. local time/11:20 a.m. ET.
“This was a tough game and I’m really proud of our team and how we stuck to our game plan,” said David Quinn, head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team. “There’s a real selflessness to our team and that’s been evident from the outset.”
Coronato found the back of the net at the 12:04 mark of the opening stanza to give Team USA a 1-0 lead after sustained pressure in the Czech zone. Lane Hutson (Chicago, Ill.) snapped a wrister from the point and Coronato picked up the rebound, spun in the left circle and bounced the puck off the skate of a Czech defender and in. Connor Mackey (Tower Lakes, Ill.) earned an assist as well.
Nick Perbix (Elk River, Minn.) added a second 8:53 into the middle frame. Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) grabbed the puck immediately off the draw and found Perbix along the right wing, who fired it above the shoulder of Czech goaltender Karel Vejmelka and into the net.
DeSmith stopped all 15 shots he faced.
NOTES: Matt Coronato was named U.S. Player of the Game … The U.S. was 0-1 on the power play, while Czechia was 0-2 … The U.S. outshot Czechia by a 34-15 count … Cutter Gauthier led all skaters in shots on goal with seven, while Matt Coronato had six.