Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Canada and United States women renew best rivarly at the Olympics

Canada and United States women renew best rivarly at the Olympics

Slovenia knotted the game at two with 1:37 remaining in the third period.

This time, it's a group of underdogs that will attempt to write another chapter into USA Hockey lore. At the 2014 Games, the US lost in the bronze-medal game.

In the absence of the NHL, which chose not to send players to Pyeongchang, the US men's national team is comprised of outcasts. In four cases, players were pulled from their NCAA teams and classes to compete for their country, hearkening to the most famous of U.S. Olympic triumphs: the 1980 "Miracle on Ice". After goals from Brian O'Neill and Jordan Greenway, the Americans took a 2-0 lead into the third period.

Rochester's Brian Gionta did not figure in either American goal. After the US reached double-digits in number of shots taken, Brian O'Neill, a 29-year-old who plays in Finland, scored first for Team USA with just more than two minutes left in the first period.

American hockey fans will now surely lament the fact NHL players are not in the Olympics, more than they already have been, and the great amount of relative unknowns on the United States roster. 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.

It's a far cry from the likes of Patrick Kane, Auston Matthews, Jack Eichel, and Johnny Gaudreau, but the same goes for pretty much every team in the tournament.

Slovenia captain Jan Mursak, a former draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings, scored that tying goal. In all, 15 players on Team USA have National Hockey League experience. Zapolski, 31, has appeared in 38 games with Jokerit of the KHL this season, sporting a 1.73 goals-against average and.932 save percentage. Bobby Sanguinetti's sharp-angled shot created the rebound opportunity for Greenway.

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 United States of America a 1-0 lead.

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