Let's be real, Team USA's men's hockey squad isn't good

The quality of play for Team USA and the rest of the Olympic men’s hockey field has been noticeably down. More

The Slovenians next face the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, who lost to Slovakia 3-2 on Wednesday.

The United States built a 2-0 lead and a 24-12 shot advantage on Slovenia through two periods, but got completely manhandled by a hockey country nearly exclusively known for producing Anze Kopitar in the third frame.

A third-period goal from Peter Ceresnak propelled Slovakia past the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation 3-2, upsetting the gold-medal favorite to open the men's hockey tournament. The Slovenians enter this tournament as significant underdogs - the country made its Olympic hockey debut in Sochi in 2014 and finished seventh - and Slovenia had the services of current Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar on that team.

This time, it had no reason to feel inferior.

That's because five players on the team's roster of 23 are from the Jesuit-run school - two are recent graduates and three are current students taking a leave of absence for the Pyeongchang Games. "He's one of those guys that although he may have a lot of NHL experience and played in the league for a long time and played with my dad even, he's one of those guys that always keeps the energy up and is flying around during practice and probably is one of the guys that's still in the best shape out of all of us, too".

Simon Moser, who played six games with the Nashville Predators in the 2013-14 season, spoiled Scrivens's shutout bid with his first goal of the tournament at 7:33 of the third period on the power play after Swiss head coach Patrick Fischer pulled former National Hockey League goalie Jonas Hiller for an extra-attacker.

Granato is the third sitting Badgers coach to take charge of a U.S. hockey team during the season.

In the second, Slovenia was so occupied with Troy Terry in front of the net that Jordan Greenway snuck in and notched his first Olympic goal as well. "The communication that we've had with these players, you can hear them shaking on the other end of the phone with excitement and anticipation and pride, and we're going to have to carry that over with how we play". When you think about the free advertising that could come during the Olympics and the post-Olympics rating boost, this is very silly. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial no matter what package you choose, plus you can get a free Amazon Fire TV if you prepay two months.

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Slovenia forward Jan Mursak (39) celebrates his tying gold in the third period.

Both of Canada's goals came in an eight-minute span in the second period, Meghan Agosta first taking a pass from Natalie Sponner and flicking a wrister off USA goalie Maddie Rooney's left pad and into the net. "If they get any kind of goaltending, I think they'll be hard to beat".

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger interviewed Alex Ovechkin ahead of the Caps-Jets game Tuesday night. On Thursday the Americans put 45 shots on goal and came away with one score. "Then we started shooting the puck and got a lucky rebound and it went in".

Meghan Agosta of Ruthven, Ont., and Hamilton's Sarah Nurse scored in the second period for the Canadians, who are aiming for a fifth straight Olympic title.

"I just couldn't swing and get something on it", Knight said.

"I'm going to look at game film here real closely over the next couple of days", the coach said. Everything everyone would expect from the two best women's hockey teams in the world.

No kidding. "That third period", O'Neill said, "is something we need to learn from".

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