U.S. men stunned by Slovenia in Olympic hockey opener

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The U.S. had heavily outplayed Slovenia through the first 40 minutes and led 2-0 entering the third.

Blaz Gregorc scored early in the third period for Slovenia to cut the America's lead in half.

His sister, Alina, has dazzled for the Swiss women's team, with an Olympic-leading six goals through group play. Slovenia only gets two, instead of three, since the win did not come in regulation. While there won't be any household names playing in the tournament, outside of former NHLer Brian Gionta, when the Americans open play on Wednesday against Slovenia, the "replacements" are eager to show the world their talent.

Peter Ceresnak, Slovakia: The 25-year-old forward was the hero for Slovakia as the underdogs upset the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation to open their campaign in PyeongChang. Brian O'Neill and Bobby Sanguinetti were credited with the assists on Greenway's goal. Olympic upsets happen, and the United States was on the wrong end this time.

The U.S. defenseman Matt Gilroy blocked an initial pass from Rok Ticar to Mursak.

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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.

Mursak played 25 games for Detroit in 2011-12 and two more in 2012-13. "It's a good team, I'll give them credit". As for Slovenia, Jan Mursak played 46 games for the Detroit Red Wings from 2010-13, scoring two goals in his National Hockey League career.

"But we've got to find a way to finish the game". He scored his first goal against the Avalanche, January 10, 2011. After four seasons with the AHL Griffins, he made his Red Wings debut in the 2010-11 season.

Which in all likelihood makes Thursday's (Wednesday night on the West Coast) first-round game between the sport's two superpowers at Kwandong Hockey Centre a sneak preview of the Games' gold medal final next Thursday. 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.

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