The United States were able to take care of host Great Britain 13-7 which gives Team USA six poins and the lead Group B. This game was closer than expected as the United States started out with a 5-0 lead after the first quarter with Tony Azevedo getting out his scoring funk where he score three of his four goals in the first period.
Backup goalie Chay Lapin saw his first Olympic action in the second quarter on. Lapin did allow three goals, but the offense keep rolling and led 8-3 at the half. Great Britain was able to creep back in this game and did make it a 9-5 game in the third quarter, but they were never in contention in this game.
Not everyone on Team USA was happy with the win:
"I think every game in the Olympics you need to bring a certain level of tenacity and focus," said U.S. defender Peter Hudnut, "and I think we let that go. That was a little frustrating."
Compared to how Serbia defeated Great Britain 21-7 and Romania winning 13-4 the United States just let up a bit too much.
"Tonight we kind of settled in and kind of let off the gas a little bit after going up," U.S. coach Terry Schroeder said. "But I think we're real happy. We're 3-0 for sure so it puts us in a good place in our bracket and sets up a good match with Serbia here in two days."
While letting up against Great Britain is ok, but letting up against a team like Serbia or Hungary can not happen or Team USA will lose.
This was a game that saw the playing time get split out fairly even and that will definitely help when they take on the very physical Serbia on Saturday. This win also gave the United States stole possession of first place in Group B.