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Slovenia beats U.S. in men's hockey on first day

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Willie Desjardins

He scored one goal in 19 games.

Along came Slovenia's Jan Mursak.

Mursak had two points for Slovenia in the stunning victory over the United States.

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 had 49 goals and 74 assists for 123 points in 186 KHL games, entering this season.

Rochester's Brian Gionta did not figure in either American goal. Blaz Gregorc and Miha Verlic assisted on the play. Zapolski made the save, but the rebound plopped pregnant with opportunity on to the ice at the Kwandong Hockey Centre, with Mursak standing over it.

Zapolski got out of position after lunging to his left on a save. He was on the ice for Slovenia's first goal, but not the final two.

The U.S. defenseman Matt Gilroy blocked an initial pass from Rok Ticar to Mursak.

The U.S. pushed the pace against Slovenia, the most unheralded team in Group B, which also features the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation and Slovakia.

In Wednesday's game, the USA got goals from Brian O'Neill and Boston University's Jordan Greenway. "It's a good team, I'll give them credit".

If you missed the game, we're here for you. He scored his first goal against the Avalanche, January 10, 2011.

Canada and the US are so far superior to the rest of the world, their rivalry so heated, that former Team Canada standout Cassie Campbell-Pascall could hardly be accused of exaggerating when she told the Orange County Register in Sochi: "This is the best rivalry in Olympic sport".

Slovenia, meanwhile, made it to the quarterfinals in Sochi in what was the small country's Olympic men's hockey debut in 2014, but with Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar no longer on the roster, things are going to be significantly more hard for Kari Savolainen's team. The U.S., playing with National Hockey League players, beat Slovenia 5-1, at Sochi, in 2014. It would turn out to be the game-winning goal, sending Slovakia to the top of Group B.

The broadcast is on CNBC.

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