United States Hockey Team Allows Slovenians to Believe in Miracles

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First, here's Slovenia's game-tying goal late in the third period.

This time, it's a group of underdogs that will attempt to write another chapter into USA Hockey lore. He is also the only former Olympian and led the 2006 Winter Games in scoring when the USA was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

The U.S. jumped out to a 2-0 lead off goals from Brian O'Neill and Jordan Greenway.

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Former 15-year National Hockey League veteran and team captain Brian Gionta leads the American roster for the tournament, which runs from Wednesday through February 24. After being blanked in its first two games of the preliminary round, Griffin's accomplishment will prove to be a building block for the Korean hockey program.

The Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation contingent, assembled despite the country's doping ban from the 2018 Games, is favored to win the tournament and represent the U.S.'s toughest opponent in group play.

The back-to-back upsets in the Olympic hockey hub of Gangneung, a city located about 60 kilometres northeast of Pyeongchang, underlines the unpredictability of this throwback tournament, the first without NHLers since 1994.

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Slovenia, playing in its second Olympic hockey tournament ever, boasts just one player with NHL experience: forward Jan Mursak. All four have significant global experience, but Terry is probably the most recognizable name as he was the hero who scored the shootout-winning goal in the gold medal game at last year's World Junior Championships. Team USA led 24-12 in shots after 40 minutes and easily could have been ahead by more.

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 U.S. a 1-0 lead. Bobby Sanguinetti's sharp-angled shot created the rebound opportunity for Greenway. James Wisniewski goes off for high-sticking and we're four aside. In that regard, the US caught a break facing Slovenia first as opposed to the Russians, whom the Americans will face on Saturday.

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