U.S. men's hockey team loses Olympic opener to Slovenia

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On Wednesday, the 20-year-old scored his first Olympic goal against Slovenia, during the second period, putting the United States up 2-0.

Mursak's wife, Victoria, is from the Saginaw area, where Mursak played major junior hockey with the Spirit of the OHL, from 2006-08. "I'm proud of the team and hopefully we can start looking to the next game and surprise somebody else".

"I'm really really happy for him", Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said in early January.

Defending gold medalist Canada has clinched the top spot in pool play by edging the United States 2-1 in an early Olympic showdown between the dominant powers in women's hockey. "We know that we had a lot of chances in the first and second period and that we could play with them". Give them credit. All-in-all, I liked the way we played. Tonight is about filing it now and getting ready for the next one.

That they did, even though goals by former Kings farmhand Brian O'Neill from the slot at 17:44 of the first period and Jordan Greenway, on a backhander from deep on the right side at 12:57 of the second period, seemed to put the game out of reach. Players can't be signed until after the Olympics and must be signed by February 26 in order to make a team's postseason roster should they qualify come spring.

Along came Slovenia's Jan Mursak.

Monique Lamoureux Morando of the U.S. in action Thursday Feb. 15 2018 against Marie Philip Poulin of Canada. David W Cerny  Reuters
Monique Lamoureux Morando of the U.S. in action Thursday Feb. 15 2018 against Marie Philip Poulin of Canada. David W Cerny Reuters

Mark Arcobello, 29 years old, played in three games for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2015-16 season, his last stint in the National Hockey League.

"We started well, we scored two goals and we could have scored more, but their goalie played well", Kovalchuk told reporters. He finished his Red Wings career with four points in 46 games before moving to the KHL. We'll go into the game the same way we went into this one.... With 1:37 left, Mursak scored from in front when playing 6-on-5.

Goals from Jan Urbas and Mursak in the third period sent the tie into overtime. Blaz Gregorc beat Zapolski with a shot from the right faceoff dot to cut the USA lead to 2-1. The attendance was announced as 3,348 at Kwandong Hockey Centre on the campus of Kwandong Catholic University.

The United States men's hockey team looked to have a win wrapped up in their Olympic opener in Pyeongchang. At the 2014 Games, the USA lost in the bronze-medal game. But Ticar retrieved the puck and stubbornly repeated the task.

"I thought we played two great periods", said USA coach Tony Granato. "They were the better team in the third and it was good enough for them to get the win". He scored his first goal against the Avalanche, January 10, 2011. After four seasons with the AHL Griffins, he made his Red Wings debut in the 2010-11 season. Slovakia leads Group B with three points, and with the Americans holding third place with one point, a regulation win would flip the standings back in favor of Team USA despite a disappointing opening game loss.

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