Team USA Starts Olympic Men's Hockey Tournament With Overtime Loss To Slovenia

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"Our team will play with a lot of passion and pride for the United States of America crest", Kolarik said.

For the United States, the loss represented a huge stumble out of the gate in the first quadrennial Olympic tournament played without National Hockey League players since 1994.

However, the Americans were a heavy favorite against what is possibly the worst team in their group. During the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, Terry scored three consecutive shootout goals to beat Russian Federation in semifinals and scored the single shootout shot against Canada for the gold medal. On a third-period power play, Ceresnak fired a slapshot from the left circle that proved to be the game-winner.

Ryan Zapolski made 22 saves as the United States failed to protect a two-goal lead in the final period. Blaz Gregorc scores 5:49 into the third period to get Slovenia on the board, cutting the USA lead to 2-1. Lamoureux's twin sister Jocelyne touched off an even larger brawl in a December 4-1 USA win in Grand Forks, N.D. When it was all over the referee had handed out 10 fighting majors and there were six US players in the penalty box, five Canadians.




At the 2014 Games, the US lost in the bronze-medal game. But Team USA looked sloppy to begin the third, saw the Slovenians score the equalizer with their goalie pulled, then never had control in the overtime period. Brian O'Neill gave team U.S. a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period off a nice assist from Roe Garrett from behind the net.

In Wednesday's game, the US got goals from Brian O'Neill and Boston University's Jordan Greenway.

- Speedskating: The women's 1,000 meters will be a key event to watch as reigning world champion Heather Bergsma represents the U.S.

The Swedish men make their Olympic debut, and besides Rasmus Dahlin (the likely No. 1 pick of the 2018 NHL Draft) another Swede's name caught my eye: Carl Klingberg, the older brother of Dallas Stars defenseman and Norris Trophy candidate John Klingberg. "John's take: "[Carl] is a big, strong guy [who] can skate well. Both teams will qualify for the semifinals as the two best teams in Group A. Switzerland prevailed from group B and will face the fourth-place Group A team in the quarterfinals.

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