Ex-Wing Jan Mursak, Slovenia stun United States in hockey opener

Ex-Wing Jan Mursak, Slovenia stun United States in hockey opener

The only player on the roster with National Hockey League experience tied the game late in the third period and netted the game victor in OT as Slovenia erased a two-goal deficit and defeated the United States, 3-2.

But things changed in the third period. She scored two goals only six seconds a part in the second period, marking the fastest two goals ever scored in Olympic hockey history. But a goal by Mursak, who slipped the puck slip a puck past USA goaltender Ryan Zapolski with one minute, 37 seconds left to tie the game and force overtime. O'Neill got his second point of the day with an assist on Greenway's even-strength tally, but that was the last time the United States would get on the scoreboard.

Tony Granato, a former assistant coach of the Red Wings, who is how head coach at Wisconsin, and Chris Chelios, who is now an assistant coach in Detroit, are two of the United States coaches.

"We're extremely proud of our Boston College players who made the Olympic team", said Katie Crowley, head coach of the Boston College women's hockey team.

The Americans built a 2-0 lead on goals by Brian O'Neill, a former player at Yale who now plays for Jokerit in the KHL, and Jordan Greenway.

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- Men's hockey: On the opening day of men's hockey, U.S. will take on Slovenia in Group B action and will feature a roster full of collegiate athletes, minor league players and European leaguers (live starting at 6:30 a.m., NBCSN).

Along came Slovenia's Jan Mursak.

But will little time left in the game Wednesday, Mursak lingered toward the front of the United States goal crease, near goalie Ryan Zapolski.

Blaz Gregorc scored early in the third period for Slovenia to cut the America's lead in half. He was on the ice for Slovenia's first goal, but not the final two. Team Canada has taken the last four Olympic gold medals, with the USA winning the 1998 Games. After four seasons with the AHL Griffins, he made his Red Wings debut in the 2010-11 season.

Up next for the Americans is Slovakia in another preliminary game.

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