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US Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Preview and Prediction: USA vs. Slovenia

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Eugene Bates | 14 February, 2018, 19:50

Ryan Zapolski made 22 saves as the United States failed to protect a two-goal lead in the final period. Twenty-three others have represented the U.S.in global competitions and captured 14 medals. Download the Team USA app today. All four have significant global experience, but Terry is probably the most recognizable name as he was the hero who scored the shootout-winning goal in the gold medal game at last year's World Junior Championships.

American hockey fans will now surely lament the fact NHL players are not in the Olympics, more than they already have been, and the great amount of relative unknowns on the United States roster. Since the 1998 Nagano Games, the world's best hockey players meet every four years in the ultimate display of national pride and for worldwide bragging rights.

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

"It was exciting to get my first, but it would have been much better to get a win tonight", said Greenway, one of four American college players in the US team.

In the second period Jordan Greenway, the first African American to play for the USA men's Olympic hockey team, tapped in a puck that popped loose from a scrum in front of Kroselj.

It's a far cry from the likes of Patrick Kane, Auston Matthews, Jack Eichel, and Johnny Gaudreau, but the same goes for pretty much every team in the tournament. In November, SN spent three days with him in Boston. A Noah Welch turnover left Ryan Zapolski out to dry and the U.S.net wide open, but Welch makes up for it by lunging in front of the yawning crease to make the save on a sure goal. The Americans outshot Slovenia 11-3 in the first period. Even though the USA holds an 11-4 shot total, Slovenia skated with them much of the period and, lest we forget, this one could be tied right now. Here are the full starting lineups.

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