Team USA blows 3rd period lead, falls in OT

Team USA blows 3rd period lead, falls in OT

For 40 minutes things went swimmingly for the star-less USA men's hockey team in its Olympic opener against Slovenia.

At the 2014 Games, the USA lost in the bronze-medal game.

Slovenia woke up in the third and dominated the first six minutes, leading to a Blaz Gregorc goal that cut the lead in half.

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"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. She also played on the team in 2002 and 2006.

While the National Hockey League chose to sit this Olympics out, you will still recognize some of the players, at least on the USA side. While there won't be any household names playing in the tournament, outside of former NHLer Brian Gionta, when the Americans open play on Wednesday against Slovenia, the "replacements" are eager to show the world their talent. Brian O'Neill and Bobby Sanguinetti were credited with the assists on Greenway's goal. After the US reached double-digits in number of shots taken, Brian O'Neill, a 29-year-old who plays in Finland, scored first for Team USA with just more than two minutes left in the first period. In November, SN spent three days with him in Boston.

Even though Team USA led 2-0 heading into the third period, Slovenia powered back to tie the game with fewer than two minutes remaining in the final period. Greenway raced to the side of the net for the loose puck and scored on the rebound.

Ryan Zapolski stopped 22 of the 25 shots he faced in net for the USA, while Kroselj allowed two goals on 36 shots for Slovenia. Forward Garrett Roe flew down the left wing and dished the puck to a waiting O'Neill to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead 17:44 in. On a third-period power play, Ceresnak fired a slapshot from the left circle that proved to be the game-winner. Here are the full starting lineups.

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