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16 February 2018, 04:50 | Donald Newman
Slovenia comes back to stun US hockey in Olympic opener
Slovakia's 3-2 victory over the favored Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation on Wednesday provided additional reason to believe this is going to be a wild ride because the talent level doesn't differ much when teams are deploying players from the KHL and second-tier leagues in Europe.
Both teams were clearly worn out in that game as players on both sides were in full-fledged training mode.
"It was exciting to get my first, but it would have been much better to get a win tonight", said Greenway, one of four American college players in the United States team.
Team USA trailed 2-0 when the second period ended, but two-time Olympian Kendall Coyne scored quickly when the US returned to the ice. Jordan Greenway (one goal, four shots, good effort) was a bright spot for the Americans, but overall it felt like Team USA's adrenaline fizzled.
"Eight times out of 10 [we win that game]", forward Amanda Kessel said. "She really got our team going".
Meanwhile, veterans Rene Bourque and Wojtek Wolski each scored twice for Canada, while defenceman Maxim Noreau ripped home a point shot on the power play.
After a review, officials decided Haley Irwin kicked in the puck and ruled no goal midway through the period.
Heading into the game against Canada, the USA women had already earned a bye into the semifinals.
In the Kwandong Hockey Centre on Thursday, Canada struck first, scoring about seven minutes into the second period on a power play. "Coaches did a good job of pointing out what we need to be better at, and then the team came out and had probably our best, most upbeat, quick-paced practice that we've had since we've been here". Defenceman Rob Klinkhammer, a physical presence at the other end, rang one off the post late in the period. The Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation - a heavy favorite in this tournament - did as well, to the Slovakians. OAR might be one of the more talented teams in this years Olympics, but they now sit in last place with zero points after their disappointing loss. Download the Team USA app today.
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"I want to see the NHL's best perform on a stage like this, but I think we were given a unique opportunity and feel privileged and fortunate and we're definitely going to try to take advantage of this opportunity", O'Neill said. In a short-term event like the Olympic hockey tournament, you never know if the on-ice chemistry will come early or at all.
GANGNEUNG, Korea, Republic Of - Team Canada defenceman Chris Lee looked up during the pre-game warmup and caught a glimpse of his family in the stands waving the Canadian flag.
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