Ex-Wing Jan Mursak, Slovenia stun U.S. in hockey opener

Ex-Wing Jan Mursak, Slovenia stun U.S. in hockey opener

Ex-Wing Jan Mursak, Slovenia stun U.S. in hockey opener

First, here's Slovenia's game-tying goal late in the third period.

Jan Mursak who scored the winning goal, Jan Urbas, Rok Ticar of Slovenia and teammates celebrate the victory in overtime following the Ice Hockey Men Preliminary Round match between United States of America and Slovenia at Kwandong Hockey Centre on February 14, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

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"Once we scored the first goal we really started to fly on the ice", Mursak told NBC's Pierre McGuire after the game.

Brian O'Neill and Jordan Greenway scored as the U.S. built a 2-0 lead.

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Peter Ceresnak, Slovakia: The 25-year-old forward was the hero for Slovakia as the underdogs upset the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation to open their campaign in PyeongChang. He scored two goals and two assists in his career, for the Red Wings. A 3-on-3 overtime period creates a lot of space on the ice in worldwide competition, and the Slovenians took full advantage very early in the extra period.

Brian Gionta, from Rochester, serves as team captain and is the only returning Olympian.

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But will little time left in the game Wednesday, Mursak lingered toward the front of the United States goal crease, near goalie Ryan Zapolski. But no matter who was on the ice, Team USA was outplayed for basically an entire period and Slovenia's finishing momentum carried them right to a quick overtime win. Defenseman James Wisniewski has played in more than 500 National Hockey League games and has led Team USA to success before as a member of the team that gave the US its first-ever gold medal at the World Junior Championships in 2004. After four seasons with the AHL Griffins, he made his Red Wings debut in the 2010-11 season. Team Canada has taken the last four Olympic gold medals, with the USA winning the 1998 Games. Olympic upsets happen, and the United States was on the wrong end this time.

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