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

Posted February 14, 2018

It started off terribly for the USA men's hockey team, which choked away a 2-0 lead in the third period and lost 3-2 in overtime to heavy underdog Slovenia Wednesday in their 2018 Olympic opener.

What's up with the US men's team? Ceresnak's slap shot from the point found twine to capitalize on a power play and give his team a third-period lead against the gold-medal favorites. That's what makes the Americans' 3-2 overtime loss to Slovenia in the opener so stunning.

Bobby Sanguinetti reacts after Slovenia scores the game-tying goal against the United States at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 14, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. Team USA had to kill off a two-minute penalty with less than 10 minutes left.

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"It was exciting to get my first, but it would have been much better to get a win tonight", said Greenway, one of four American college players in the US team.

His sister, Alina, has dazzled for the Swiss women's team, with an Olympic-leading six goals through group play.

Of course, it's an upset for the U.S. Even without National Hockey League players on the team they were expected to beat Slovenia.

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US coach Tony Granato showed a lot of trust in Greenway by having him center the top line with Ryan Stoa and captain Brian Gionta on his wings. Only the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, which boasts KHL stars like Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk, brings any sort of real star power to the event. Third period starts now. He shared his story on breaking the odds and the color barrier at the 2018 Games .

Even though Team USA led 2-0 heading into the third period, Slovenia powered back to tie the game with fewer than two minutes remaining in the final period.

Greenway corralled a loose puck on the side of the goal, had an open net and buried it. O'Neill's late goal is something for the Americans to build on in the second.

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Forward Garret Roe made a nifty pass from behind the net to set up Brian O'Neil at 14:44 of the opening period to give US a 1-0 lead. Even though the USA holds an 11-4 shot total, Slovenia skated with them much of the period and, lest we forget, this one could be tied right now. James Wisniewski goes off for high-sticking and we're four aside.