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United States Hockey Team Allows Slovenians to Believe in Miracles

14 February, 2018, 19:46 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • United States Hockey Team Allows Slovenians to Believe in Miracles

Slovenia knotted the game at two with 1:37 remaining in the third period.

Team USA burst out of the gates by pouncing on Slovenia in the first period.

USA defenseman Noah Welch aided Zapolski in the first period with a sliding save of his own. Greenway is the first black USA men's hockey player in Olympics history.

Brian O'Neill and Jordan Greenway scored as the US built a 2-0 lead.

US coach Tony Granato showed a lot of trust in Greenway by having him center the top line with Ryan Stoa and captain Brian Gionta on his wings.




It is the first Winter Olympic men's hockey tournament in 24 years without NHL players. A part of Yugoslavia until 1991, Slovenia did not qualify for an Olympic ice hockey tournament until 2014 but finished a respectable seventh in Sochi.

The back-to-back upsets in the Olympic hockey hub of Gangneung, a city located about 60 kilometres northeast of Pyeongchang, underlines the unpredictability of this throwback tournament, the first without NHLers since 1994. After the US reached double-digits in number of shots taken, Brian O'Neill, a 29-year-old who plays in Finland, scored first for Team USA with just more than two minutes left in the first period.

Mursak, who now plays for Frolunda HC in the Swedish Hockey League, was selected by the Red Wings in the sixth round of the 2006 NHL Draft. Download the Team USA app today. Bobby Sanguinetti's sharp-angled shot created the rebound opportunity for Greenway. He rings it off the crossbar with the net wide open on the power play.

Forward Garret Roe made a nifty pass from behind the net to set up Brian O'Neil at 14:44 of the opening period to give U.S. a 1-0 lead.

In overtime, Mursak was left alone in front of the U.S.net to score the game-winning goal off a pass from Gregorc. The Americans outshot Slovenia 11-3 in the first period. Here are the full starting lineups.

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