Printed: February 14, 2018 11:13 pm
Slovenia got here from two targets down within the third interval to beat the USA Three-2 in time beyond regulation on Wednesday within the opening spherical of the lads’s Olympic hockey event.
A group who’ve earned a repute for punching above their weight, Slovenia captain Jan Mursak tied the sport with underneath two minutes to go by tapping residence a rebound and scored the winner lower than a minute into sudden-death time beyond regulation.
“I’m proud of my guys, I’m proud of the team,” stated Mursak, who performed sporadically with the NHL’s Detroit Pink Wings between 2010 and 2012.
“Hopefully, we can start looking to the next game and surprise somebody else.”
The US struck first late within the opening interval when Garrett Roe stored a free puck within the Slovenian zone, carried it behind the online and fed Brian O’Neill who was streaking into the slot. O’Neill fired a wrist shot that beat Slovenia goaltender Gasper Kroselj on his stick aspect.
Within the second interval Jordan Greenway, the primary African American to play for the US males’s Olympic hockey group, tapped in a puck that popped free from a scrum in entrance of Kroselj.
“It was exciting to get my first, but it would have been much better to get a win tonight,” stated Greenway, certainly one of 4 American faculty gamers within the US group.
Slovenia, ranked 15th by the Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation, obtained on the board within the third interval when Blaz Gregorc threaded a wrist shot by means of a crowd in entrance of US goalkeeper Ryan Zapolski.
A group who by no means stop, the Slovenians fought their means into the knockout spherical in Sochi 4 years in the past and completed seventh.
The Olympic hockey event is being performed with out NHL gamers for the primary time because the Lillehammer Video games in 1994 after the league and Worldwide Olympic Committee did not agree on gamers’ journey and insurance coverage prices.
That has left groups to construct their rosters from rising native expertise or from gamers in different skilled leagues, largely from Europe.
The Slovenians subsequent face the Olympic Athletes from Russia, who misplaced to Slovakia Three-2 on Wednesday. The Individuals play the Slovaks. (Reporting by Dan Burns, modifying by Ed Osmond)
Slovenia down Russia Three-2
A 3rd-period objective by Peter Ceresnak gave Slovakia a shock Three-2 win over the Olympic Athletes from Russia on Wednesday because the gold medal favourites squandered a two-goal lead.
Ceresnak capitalised on delay of a sport penalty taken by Ivan Telegin, unleashing a slap shot from the purpose that beat goaltender Vasili Koshechkin to his left with simply over 10 minutes to play.
The Russians drew first blood as Vladislav Gavrikov and Kirill Kaprizov discovered the again of the online within the opening 4 minutes to leap in entrance 2-Zero.
However after a lightning begin, the OAR misplaced their composure as Slovakia hit again with a pair of targets on 4 photographs, together with a breakaway by Martin Bakos.
After a scoreless second interval, Slovakia took benefit of sloppy play by from the Olympic Athletes from Russia within the third as Ceresnak collected the winner on a powerplay off a second delay of sport penalty.
The Russians subsequent face Slovenia, shock Three-2 winners over the USA, on Friday whereas Slovakia play the Individuals. (Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Modifying by Steve Keating and Ed Osmond)