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Czechs beat Slovakia 5-3, play US in quarterfinals

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LARRY LAGE | February 18, 2014 02:34 PM EST | AP


SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Roman Cervenka scored for a second time late in the second period to set up a four-goal lead and the Czech Republic went on to beat Slovakia 5-3 Tuesday, advancing to an Olympic quarterfinal match against the United States.

The Slovaks pulled within a goal in the third period, but their setback was sealed when Andrej Meszaros was called for slashing with 53 seconds left. They pulled their goaltender to create an even-strength situation and Tomas Plekanec scored an empty-net goal 14 seconds later for the Czechs.

The Czechs will take on the U.S. team Wednesday for a spot in the semifinals.