USA (3-2) defeated Czech Republic (5-0) 17-2 in the championship bracket quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals on Thursday where they will face Iroquois in a rematch of one of the best tournaments, thus far. Czech Republic will drop down to the fifth place bracket and face Finland on Thursday.
Even with USA resting Joe Resetartis, Joel White, and Brett Manney, this one was never really much of a contest as USA was able to take over early and run away with this one. Czech Republic did have some success early on and had some prime opportunities throughout the game, but the depth and fresher legs of USA was just too much to handle.
USA got the scoring started with three quick goals coming from Gale Thorpe, Blaze Riorden, and Davey Emala. Czech Republic was able to answer pretty quickly as Pavel Dosly got them on the board midway through the first.
Another three-goal run to end the first game USA a 6-1 lead heading into the second, but Czech Republic was able to trim that lead with two consecutive goals from Vojetch Oulehla and Jiri Kostal. However, that would be the last meaningful offensive production Czech Republic got as USA took over the rest of the way, ending the game on an 11-goal run.
USA held a 9-3 lead at the half and stretched it to an 11-3 lead at the end of the third. Connor Kelly scored the final goal of the game late in the fourth to officially secure the 17-3 victory for USA.