Slovenia beats USA in men's hockey on first day

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Winter Olympics 2018: Slovenia claim first ice hockey win over USA

Jan Mursak scored the tying goal with 1:37 left in the third period and the victor in overtime as Slovenia rallied to stun Team USA in the Olympic opener for both teams. Kroselj stopped 34 of the 36 shots he faced to pick up the victory, giving up goals to Brian O'Neill and Jordan Greenway.

The Olympic hockey tournament is being played without NHL players for the first time since the Lillehammer Games in 1994 after the league and International Olympic Committee failed to agree on players' travel and insurance costs.

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 USA on the penalty kill.

Before the NHL started sending players to the Olympics, the members of Team USA were selected the previous summer and would play a full schedule of more than 50 games against other national teams, college teams and pro teams to get ready for the Winter Games. Both sides exchange penalties towards the end of the period but nothing came and both sides were still tied after 40 minutes of hockey. "But I think the whole team showed a really good performance today". He is also the only former Olympian and led the 2006 Winter Games in scoring when the US was eliminated in the quarterfinals. She scored two goals only six seconds a part in the second period, marking the fastest two goals ever scored in Olympic hockey history. Blaz Gregorc and Miha Verlic assisted on the play. Canada walked away with a gold medal after the 2014 Olympics, but Team USA will look to rebound as it enters the Winter Games as co-favorites for the gold (live starting at 10:10 p.m., NBCSN). After four seasons with the AHL Griffins, he made his Red Wings debut in the 2010-11 season.


In Wednesday's game, the US got goals from Brian O'Neill and Boston University's Jordan Greenway. He was on the ice for Slovenia's first goal, but not the final two.

For the first time since the 1994 Games, NHL players are not on the USA roster.

Team USA's next preliminary round game will be against Slovakia at 10:10 p.m ET Thursday night in the United States (12:10 p.m. on Friday in PyeongChang).

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