Team USA blows 3rd period lead, falls in OT

Americans still earn point

PyeongChang, South Korea - Jan Mursak scored the tying goal with 1:37 left in the third period and the winner in overtime as Slovenia rallied to stun Team USA in the Olympic opener for both teams. 

In the 3-on-3 overtime, Mursak got free on the doorstep and scored high over American goalie Ryan Zapolski less than a minute into the extra frame. 

The tying goal came with the Slovenia net empty. A wrister from the point fell to Mursak, who swept the puck in past Zapolski. The U.S. netminder had very little chance to stop either deciding goal.

Brian O'Neill scored in the first period and Jordan Greenway added a goal in the second to put the U.S. in front 2-0. Team USA led 24-12 in shots after 40 minutes and easily could have been ahead by more. 

Slovenia woke up in the third and dominated the first six minutes, leading to a Blaz Gregorc goal that cut the lead in half. 

Rochester's Brian Gionta did not figure in either American goal. He was on the ice for Slovenia's first goal, but not the final two. 

Team USA still gains a point in the standings by making it to overtime. Slovenia only gets two, instead of three, since the win did not come in regulation. 

However, the Americans were a heavy favorite against what is possibly the worst team in their group.

There's not much time to regroup for Team USA. They face Slovokia in 36 hours at 10pm Thursday, Eastern Time. The final game in group play is Saturday against the team from Russia. 

 

 


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