Canada’s men’s hockey team filled a two-goal deficit to surprise the United States with a 3-2 overtime win on Wednesday at the PyeongChang Games.
Captain Jan Mursak was the big hero of this preliminary meeting. He had first created a 2-2 tie in the third period with only 1m37s remaining. He then scored the winning goal after 38 seconds of overtime.
Jan Urbas was the other goalscorer for the Slovenes. Brian O’Neill and Jordan Greenway responded on the American side.
Neglected teams showed how hot they are on Wednesday on the first day of the men’s Olympic hockey tournament, while Slovakia and Slovenia defeated the US and Russian Olympic athletes respectively by an identical score. 3-2.
The Slovak victory over the Russians came in regulation time, so the Slovaks took first place in Group B with three points.
Peter Ceresnak broke a 2-2 tie in the third period to lead his country to victory.
Marcel Hascak and Martin Bakos made the other goals for Slovakia, who scored three on the massive attack.
The Slovak comeback came true after Vladislav Gavrikov and Kirill Kaprizov allowed Russian players to take a 2-0 lead in the first period.
Mursak gets up late in the game Men’s hockey
A few moments earlier, at the Kwandong Arena, Slovenian captain Jan Mursak scored the tying goal late in the third period, then the victory at the start of the extra period to overthrow the American squad.
Mursak gave his team the victory by hitting the target against goalkeeper Ryan Zapolski in the 38th second of the overtime period.
It was the first time Slovenia beat the United States in international competition. She had lost a match in the Olympic context (in Sochi in 2014) and four more at the World Championships, the last time in 2010.
Brian O’Neill and Jordan Greenway scored goals for the Americans.
Thursday, Canada will enter the scene, while he will face Switzerland in a match of group A.