SOCHI, RUSSIA (LEARFIELD-WSAU) The U-S men's hockey team will play the Czech Republic late this morning in the quarter-finals of their Olympic tournament in Sochi. The game is scheduled to begin at 11 our time.
Madison area native Phil Kessel leads Team U-S-A into the final eight with seven points in three games. Plover native Joe Pavelski will also try to help the Americans advance -- along with Madison native Ryan Suter, ex-Badgers Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonough, and former Green Bay Gambler Blake Wheeler.
The U-S is 3-and-0 after having a bye in yesterday's qualification round. Today's winner will play either Canada or Latvia in the semi-finals.
Also today, Maria Lamb of River Falls will compete in the women's five-thousand meter speed-skating event.