He finished off a wrap around and then hammered home a pass from Artyom Zub for his second and third goals of the game, giving him the first hat trick of the tournament.
As if Terry, 20, doesnt have enough pressure on him already as the youngest US player, he was the shootout hero en route to gold at the 2017 World Junior Championship and has been getting Twitter comments bout reprising that performance at the Olympics.
They set their sights repeatedly on the biggest American player, Jordan Greenway, and he found himself in more than one extended shoving match with a Russian, including one in front of the Russian bench with Alexander Barabanov in the first period.
The U.S. will have the opportunity to secure the top spot in Group B when they square off with the Olympic Athletes from Russia Friday night. USA and Russian fans filled Gangneung Hockey Centre and went back and forth with the "U-S-A" and "ROSS-I-YA" chants that made up the background noise at the Olympics four years ago. The Russians hemmed the U.S.in its zone late, and the fatigue took its toll as the game went on.
It was a physical game from the moment the puck dropped, with the Russians, pound for pound a bigger team, leveling a hit on an American each time a USA player touched the puck. They were the better team in the third and it was good enough for them to get the win.
Harvard's Ryan Donato, son of former NHL player Ted Donato, scored a pair of power play goals to spark the US men's hockey team to a 2-1 win against Slovakia. "We took a step forward".
The men's Olympic tournament is being played without NHL players for the first time since 1994 after the league and International Olympic Committee failed to agree on covering players' travel and insurance costs.
The U.S. rarely generated the kind of quality scoring chances against Vasily Koshechkin that the Russians did around Zapolski, who played all three preliminary-round games.
"The college guys that we have on our team have been doing really well, have been pulling their weight", Greenway said. "We wanted to get in on the forecheck and wear them down".
Ryan Donato had the Americans' best chance of the first late in the period when he pinged a shot off the crossbar behind Koshechkin. "First game we played five minutes". "We came out strong, we scored first goal, then our goalie make some great saves and I think our (penalty kill) was special". "We've got to get more bodies to the net". They sure didn't think the game was as lopsided as the score.
On this stage, the result is all that matters.
"It's always a battle, especially playing the U.S.", Agosta said. They're a really good team.