Febrero 19, 2018

USA Loses Opening Olympic Hockey Match to Slovenia

15 Febrero 2018, 07:11 | Gerardo Tarin

Team Canada still a work in progress as Olympic hockey tournament opens

Willie Desjardins

Canadian head coach Laura Schuler played all three goaltenders in the preliminary round.

The U.S. dropped to 2-1, but both countries were already destined for Monday's semifinals having won their first two games of the tournament.

Konrad finished with 20 saves, while Koshechkin saved just 16 of 19 shots. Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.

"Yeah, we're not anxious about it", said Stauber after watching his team absorb a fifth straight loss to Canada.

I'm over here doing everything I can for Team USA, and they can't even beat Slovenia.

"Nope we're focused on the things that we can control, and certainly those games that we played in the past have absolutely nothing to do with our future". As contender in Vancouver, they we're blasted by Canada.

Gionta has the speed, quickness and know-how to score key goals in a spectacular manner, but what he can't do is carry the team for games at a time. Both goaltenders turned away multiple scoring opportunities to set up the decisive third period.

At the very least, the US earned a point in the overtime loss. "Give them credit. All-in-all, I liked the way we played".

The Olympic matches will take place at the Gangneung Hockey Center that can accommodate about 10,000 spectators. "I think that really sparked my dream of not only playing for Team Canada, but winning gold".

"I was nearly done", Zapolski said. That's not what we're here for.

One of the most storied rivalries in sport has only gained in intensity in recent years.

The United States entered the 2018 Winter Games with plenty of uncertainty due to a roster made up of AHL, college and European league players.

Since they began in 1990, the two teams have played in every final, with Canada winning 10 and the US eight, including the last four. Jan Urbas first broke through for Slovenia, cutting the Americans lead to 2-1 with 15 minutes remaining in the game. It does, however, have two on the bench in Granato and assistant Chris Chelios, the former National Hockey League great who captained Team USA in 1998, 2002 and 2006. Ben Scrivens will start between the pipes for Canada in its opening game.

It was poetic, in a murky sort of way, that the game ended with a pile of bodies pushing, shoving, kicking and clawing in front of the Canadian goal.

OT - Jan Mursak was ready to make history, 38 seconds in and he scored to bring first major Olympic upset out in the public. Lacasse deflected Lamoureux-Davidson's penalty-shot attempt wide.

"I love tournament hockey because the knockout games are everything", Ferraro said. "I'll have to look at the video".

Canada would usually be the main attraction packing the largest venue but on Thursday the gold medallists were relegated to the smaller arena used primarily for women's hockey while the host South Koreans took on the Czech Republic across town at the main arena.

Schuler wasn't overly concerned about giving up over 40 shots.

"That's what I'm going to miss most". Better that you want more. "I thought we executed, stuck together".

Slovenia, meanwhile, made it to the quarterfinals in Sochi in what was the small country's Olympic men's hockey debut in 2014, but with Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar no longer on the roster, things are going to be significantly more hard for Kari Savolainen's team.

The U.S. faces Slovakia next in a 9:10 p.m. CST start Thursday.

"Throughout the year, we actually have made sure with our game times and our practice times that we varied them", Schuler said.

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