Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

United States Hockey Team Allows Slovenians to Believe in Miracles

United States Hockey Team Allows Slovenians to Believe in Miracles

With two days out from the PyeongChang Winter Games men's ice hockey tournament, Tony Granato, head coach of the United States, said on Monday his team does not need a miracle to win the title.

While the US chose to go with a mostly experienced squad, four skaters now playing college hockey made the team: F Troy Terry (currently playing for defending NCAA champ Denver), F Jordan Greenway (Boston University), D Will Borgen (St. Cloud State) and F Ryan Donato (Harvard).

Slovenia had begun to tilt the ice toward the United States end, after they were out-shot for most of the first two periods, as the Americans were mostly the aggressors.

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In Wednesday's game, the US got goals from Brian O'Neill and Boston University's Jordan Greenway. Both teams enter the matchup 2-0, with wins over Finland and the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.

His sister, Alina, has dazzled for the Swiss women's team, with an Olympic-leading six goals through group play.

While the National Hockey League made a decision to sit this Olympics out, you will still recognize some of the players, at least on the US side. USA captain Brian Gionta is off for tripping 12:42 into the third, and the Americans have a penalty to kill clinging to a 2-1 lead. O'Neil also registered the secondary assist on the goal. O'Neill has two points. 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. U.S. leads Slovenia 1-0 17:44 in. Even though the USA holds an 11-4 shot total, Slovenia skated with them much of the period and, lest we forget, this one could be tied right now.

Canada and Sweden are also in the hunt for the top spot on the podium, while the United States can reach the medals with a roster full of college athletes and players from the AHL. A Noah Welch turnover left Ryan Zapolski out to dry and the wide open, but Welch makes up for it by lunging in front of the yawning crease to make the save on a sure goal. Americans have four shots compared to Slovenia's one so far.

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