United States Hockey Team Allows Slovenians to Believe in Miracles

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The Americans face the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation on Saturday.

"When you go through experiences, if you learn from them and you apply them the next time that happens in life or in a game, then it was worth the experience", Granato said.

The collegiate athletes are leading the offensive charge on the ice for Team USA through the first two games of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, but the veterans have created a culture that allows young players to shine. "And they scored a goal off one of them and from that point we were kind of on our heels".

"I think the more that we just kind of settle in and not make too big of a deal out of the game and just know that it's another hockey game is the biggest thing for us, " Terry said after the Americans' 2-1 victory over Slovakia on Friday, giving the U.S. a 1-1 record and four points in the standings.

After learning a hard lesson in its opening game vs. Slovenia, the Americans did not sit back and watch the clock while protecting a third-period lead. "We wanted to get in on the forecheck and wear them down". The OAR team, who lost to Slovakia, can leapfrog them in the standings with a win in the final game of round-robin play. And failing to beat Slovakia at the Olympics is a reminder of more recent problems.

They certainly look like they belong at this tournament. However, Andrej Kudrna got a stick on the puck, deflecting it under the blocker arm of Ryan Zapolski and into the net.

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"They're great players", 39-year-old captain Brian Gionta said.

Donato, who plays for his father Ted at Harvard, Terry (Denver University), Greenway (Boston University) and American Hockey League scoring star Chris Bourque were all additions to the US after the pre-Olympic Deutschland Cup, during which the USA struggled to score - particularly against Slovakia goaltender Jan Laco. Other games send Finland against Norway and Sweden against Germany.

O'Neill said he would like to see his team clean up around the net after getting 31 chances on goal against Slovakia, but converting only two.

For Terry, who took two Slovakia defenders with him and made the drop pass to set up Donato's first goal, it took several shifts in the opener against Slovenia to get used to this level of competition. "In a tournament like this, with how fast the college guys are, I think it's a big advantage for us".

"The more we can settle in and not make a big deal out of the game, the better we'll do".

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