December 18, 2014

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US tops Czechs, moves to Olympic hockey semis

USA forward David Backes (42) and USA forward Ryan Callahan (24) try to gain control of the puck in front of the the Czech Republic goal as Czech Republic defenseman Radko Gudas (3), Czech Republic defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) and Czech Republic goaltender Alexander Salak defend during the second period of men's quarterfinal hockey game in Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

USA forward David Backes (42) and USA forward Ryan Callahan (24) try to gain control of the puck in front of the the Czech Republic goal as Czech Republic defenseman Radko Gudas (3), Czech Republic defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) and Czech Republic goaltender Alexander Salak defend. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

SOCHI, Russia — Dustin Brown banged in a go-ahead goal late in the first period and the United States went on to dominate the Czech Republic 5-2 Wednesday, earning a spot in the Olympic hockey semifinals for the second straight time.

The U.S. will play Canada on Friday for a spot in the gold-medal game. The Canadians beat Latvia 2-1.

James van Riemsdyk gave the Americans a lead 1:39 into the game. They lost it a few minutes later when one of their defenseman, Ryan McDonagh tried to clear the puck away from the front of the crease and it went off the left skate of Ryan Suter and got past Jonathan Quick.