SOCHI, Russia – Jonathan Quick will start for Team USA against Russia on Saturday in the most highly anticipated game of the 2014 Sochi Olympics’ preliminary round.
“Jonathan will be starting in net tomorrow. He played real well in Game 1," said Coach Dan Bylsma. "I thought there were periods of inactivity in that game and he had to stay sharp, stay focused and it was followed by two or three big saves he had to make. I thought he played real well in the game and again in the next game he will.”
Quick was named the starter for Game 1 of the tournament on Thursday, making 22 saves in a 7-1 blowout win over Slovakia. Ryan Miller, who led the U.S. to the silver medal in 2010, was the backup, and some expected he might be next in the rotation.
Except this is no rotation.
Bylsma said from the start that he didn’t intend to split games; the goalie he chose for the game against the Slovaks might be the one who backstops the Americans for the rest of the tournament.
Of course, Quick’s play against the Russians will go a long way in determining that.
Quick wasn’t tested all that much in the tournament opener, but he played mistake-free hockey and made some key stops in the first period and early in the second before the U.S. offense took over. Russia will over a much different arsenal.
The U.S. faces Slovenia on Sunday; with back-to-back games, would that be Miller Time, or is this Quick's crease every night?