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USA Hockey Tops Slovenia, Moves To Next Olympic Round

Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs scored a hat trick in USA Hockey's victory Sunday at the Olympics.
Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs scored a hat trick in USA Hockey's victory Sunday at the Olympics. Photo Credit: USA Hockey

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- A day after its dramatic shootout victory over Russia, the U.S. men's hockey team topped Slovenia, 5-1, on Sunday to advance to the playoff qualifying round in the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs scored a hat trick, with one goal each from Ryan McDonagh and David Backes in the game at Shayba Arena in the final preliminary-round game.

Hamden native Jonathan Quick got a day off in goal after the eight-round shootout Saturday with Russia. Greenwich native Kevin Shattenkirk and New Canaan native Max Pacioretty are also members of Team USA.

U.S. men's hockey previously defeated Slovakia, 7-1, and edged Russia, 3-2, to complete Olypmic preliminary-round play with a 3-0 record.

Russia topped Slovakia, 1-0, in an overtime shootout on Sunday morning to also advance to the playoff qualifying round.

The men's hockey playoff qualifying round begins Tuesday.