United States men stunned by Slovenia in Olympic hockey opener

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United States of America goalie Ryan Zapolski was not at fault as the US defensive ranks broke down around him.

The U.S. men's hockey team put itself in a hole in the opening game of the Olympics by losing 3-2 in overtime to Slovenia.

With some pressure on, after a penalty to US captain Brian Gionta, Slovenia pulled their goalie for an extra attacker.

Jordan Greenway buried a loose puck from in tight at 12:57 of the middle frame as the USA took a two-goal lead.

"We're extremely proud of our Boston College players who made the Olympic team", said Katie Crowley, head coach of the Boston College women's hockey team.

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Troy Terry, from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, also ranks as a player to watch, as he helped the University of Denver Pioneers to win the NCAA Division I national championship. Both goals were scored when the USA failed to clear the front of the net. Terry also helped the USA win gold in the 2015 IIHF U18 Men's World Hockey Championship and was drafted to the Anaheim Ducks in 2015.

But things changed in the third period. He collected a keepsake in the second period with a goal that gave Team USA a 2-0 lead. But the US likely has enough talent to open with a win. The team made its first appearance at the Sochi Games in 2014, where it finished seventh.

In overtime, Mursak was left alone in front of the U.S.net to score the game-winning goal off a pass from Gregorc.

Brian O'Neill and Jordan Greenway scored as the U.S. built a 2-0 lead. Many spent stints in the NHL - five games here, 10 more there - before turning to a journeyman career in European leagues. Lamoureux's twin sister Jocelyne touched off an even larger brawl in a December 4-1 USA win in Grand Forks, N.D. When it was all over the referee had handed out 10 fighting majors and there were six US players in the penalty box, five Canadians. Blaz Gregorc scores 5:49 into the third period to get Slovenia on the board, cutting the US lead to 2-1. Forward Garrett Roe flew down the left wing and dished the puck to a waiting O'Neill to give the USA a 1-0 lead 17:44 in. Brian O'Neill from Garrett Roe and Ryan Donato. Brian O'Neill and Bobby Sanguinetti were credited with the assists on Greenway's goal.

Zapolski allowed three goals on 25 shots, including the first goal by Jan Urbas. Americans have four shots compared to Slovenia's one so far.

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