Captain America Zach Parise scored his first of the Olympics and helped Team USA grab a 5-2 win over the Czech Republic on Wednesday, setting up a showdown between the U.S. and Canada at 11 a.m. Friday.
James vanRiemsdyk, Dustin Brown, David Backes and Phil Kessel also scored for the Americans, who once again put forth a strong effort.
Canada, meanwhile, survived an upset bid by surprising Latvia. Thanks to a late goal by Shea Weber, with an assist to UND’s Jonathan Toews, the Canadians advanced to the semifinals.
So, there will be USA-Canada games on back-to-back days.
Lastly, here’s a photo that displays what the Olympics does: Gophers, Sioux and Badgers become friends.