Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Let's be real, Team USA's men's hockey team isn't good

Let's be real, Team USA's men's hockey team isn't good Let's be real, Team USA's men's hockey team isn't good
Lucia Summers | 15 February, 2018, 17:05

The Olympic men's hockey tournament has opened with a pair of surprises, with both the Americans and the favored Russians losing 3-2. With leaden legs of a team that looked emotionally spent after being hyped all day for puck drop at 9:10 p.m., the USA defenders were caught flat-footed when Slovenian captain Jan Mursak poked in a juicy rebound past goalie Ryan Zapolski to tie the score only 97 seconds before the end of regulation time.

Slovenia took just three shots in the first period but continued to create more chances for itself as the game progressed.

Brian O'Neill and Jordan Greenway, who became the first African-American hockey player for the U.S.at an Olympics, scored to build the 2-0 lead in a dominant showing, and the shots were 24-12 after two periods. The Americans will return to the ice on Thursday night versus Slovakia before taking on the Olympic Athletes from Russia Saturday morning.

Tony Granato, a former assistant coach of the Red Wings, who is how head coach at Wisconsin, and Chris Chelios, who is now an assistant coach in Detroit, are two of the United States coaches.

With the next game on February 16 against Slovakia, the team will have a short break to figure each other out more and mesh.

Slovenia knotted the game at two with 1:37 remaining in the third period. With that tally the Americans looked like they were in control of the game, but had to hold off an incoming Slovenia rush to end it.

The U.S. defenseman Matt Gilroy blocked an initial pass from Rok Ticar to Mursak. Jordan Greenway scored to help the US take a two-goal lead more than halfway through the second period.

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

Kroselj made a handful of quality saves to keep Slovenia in the game, and Zapolski had to do the same in the second period, stopping Urbas on a one-timer with Greenway in the box and the US on the penalty kill. The team eventually fell to Northeastern University in the finals - a game Greenway skipped as he headed to PyeongChang - ending a 30-year drought for the Huskies. With AP Photos.The latest iteration of the Russian Red Machine started its Olympic hockey tournament against Slovakia and lost 3-2. Peter Ceresnak then scored the game-winner with a slapshot in the third.

Team USA seemingly went into a defensive shell in the third period, however, and it cost them.

"I thought we played two great periods", Granato said, according to USA Hockey. "He's doing his best to help us win".

Jan Mursak played just 46 games in the National Hockey League after he was drafted in the 6th round by the Detroit Red Wings in 2006.

Ceresnak capitalised on delay of a game penalty taken by Ivan Telegin, unleashing a slap shot from the point that beat goaltender Vasili Koshechkin to his left with just over 10 minutes to play.

"We were the ones who gave away the game", Russian head coach Oleg Znarok told a news conference.

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