Hockey's Three Stars from Day 5 at the Olympics

Hockey's Three Stars from Day 5 at the Olympics

In four cases, players were pulled from their NCAA teams and classes to compete for their country, hearkening to the most famous of U.S. Olympic triumphs: the 1980 "Miracle on Ice". Ceresnak's slap shot from the point found twine to capitalize on a power play and give his team a third-period lead against the gold-medal favorites. A 2-0 lead, on goals by Brian O'Neill and Jordan Greenway, didn't really seem to do Team USA's performance total justice as Slovenia didn't get a lot going in their offensive zone. After being blanked in its first two games of the preliminary round, Griffin's accomplishment will prove to be a building block for the Korean hockey program.

A team that has earned a reputation for punching above its weight, Slovenia captain Jan Mursak tied the game with under two minutes to go by tapping home a rebound and scored the victor less than a minute into sudden-death overtime. Since the 1998 Nagano Games, the world's best hockey players meet every four years in the ultimate display of national pride and for global bragging rights.

Rochester's Brian Gionta did not figure in either American goal.

Team USA burst out of the gates by pouncing on Slovenia in the first period. Many spent stints in the NHL - five games here, 10 more there - before turning to a journeyman career in European leagues. The final game in group play is Saturday against the team from Russian Federation.

There's not much time to regroup for Team USA.

Slovenia, playing in its second Olympic hockey tournament ever, boasts just one player with NHL experience: forward Jan Mursak. Download the Team USA app today.

Forward Garret Roe made a nifty pass from behind the net to set up Brian O'Neil at 14:44 of the opening period to give U.S. a 1-0 lead.

Greenway corralled a loose puck on the side of the goal, had an open net and buried it.

In overtime, Mursak was left alone in front of the U.S.net to score the game-winning goal off a pass from Gregorc. It's 2-2 after the first period.

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