Slovenia, Slovakia stun titans as men's hockey marks its arrival at Olympics

Slovenia, Slovakia stun titans as men's hockey marks its arrival at Olympics

Slovenia, Slovakia stun titans as men's hockey marks its arrival at Olympics

Randi Griffin, Korea: The crowd was sent into a frenzy when Griffin's wrist shot trickled past the Japanese goaltender to pull Korea within one goal. Brian O'Neill and Bobby Sanguinetti were credited with the assists on Greenway's goal.

Rochester's Brian Gionta did not figure in either American goal. The other two members of Group B are Slovakia and Slovenia, the United States' first opponent. Many spent stints in the NHL - five games here, 10 more there - before turning to a journeyman career in European leagues.

Russia, by the way, might have not only lose the game but a player for at least a game - Per IIHF source Nikita Nesterov's hit in the 1st period will be reviewed by disciplinary committee.

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.

As Team USA sat back in the hockey-equivalent of a prevent defense, Slovenia began peppering US goalie Ryan Zapolski with shots throughout the third period. 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. Team USA had to kill off a two-minute penalty with less than 10 minutes left. Greenway raced to the side of the net for the loose puck and scored on the rebound.

US goalie Brandon Maxwell, Jordan Greenway, left, and Ryan Donato, right. He rings it off the crossbar with the net wide open on the power play.

Bobby Sanguinetti reacts after Slovenia scores the game-tying goal against the United States at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 14, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. The Americans outshot Slovenia 11-3 in the first period.

Slovenia took just three shots in the first period but continued to create more chances for itself as the game progressed. Here are the full starting lineups.

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