Winter Olympics 2018: Slovenia claim first ice hockey win over USA

Winter Olympics 2018: Slovenia claim first ice hockey win over USA

Winter Olympics 2018: Slovenia claim first ice hockey win over USA

Mursak, a Red Wings draft pick who played for the team for parts of three seasons, scored the game-tying goal late in the third and then netted the game-winner in overtime to lift Slovenia to a surprising 3-2 win over the US on Wednesday morning. First, here's Slovenia's game-tying goal late in the third period.

The Olympic Games have followed the same pattern since women's hockey made its debut at the 1998 Games in Nagano.

Ryan Zapolski made 22 saves as the United States failed to protect a two-goal lead in the final period.

Jan Mursak struck the victor just 38 seconds into overtime as Slovenia recovered from trailing 2-0 midway through the second period.

For the United States, the loss represented a huge stumble out of the gate in the first quadrennial Olympic tournament played without National Hockey League players since 1994.

Mursak had two points for Slovenia in the stunning victory over the United States.

While the USA 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).

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Along came Slovenia's Jan Mursak.

The Boston University standout, who's the first African American player to represent the men's ice hockey at the Olympics, found a loose puck amid a scrum in front of Slovenian netminder Gasper Kroselj and tapped it home to make it 2-0. He finished his Red Wings career with four points in 46 games before moving to the KHL.

Slovenia captain Jan Mursak, a former draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings, scored that tying goal.

Blaz Gregorc scored early in the third period for Slovenia to cut the America's lead in half.

Mursak added his second goal of the game 38 seconds into overtime to complete the comeback win.

Team USA's next preliminary round game will be against Slovakia at 10:10 p.m ET Thursday night in the United States (12:10 p.m. on Friday in PyeongChang).

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