The tying goal came with the Slovenia net empty.
Team USA burst out of the gates by pouncing on Slovenia in the first period. He is also the only former Olympian and led the 2006 Winter Games in scoring when the US was eliminated in the quarterfinals.
US defenseman Noah Welch aided Zapolski in the first period with a sliding save of his own.
In Sochi, the U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team also played Slovenia during the preliminary rounds, and Team USA won 5-1. 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. Captain Brian Gionta is the most accomplished American, with 15 National Hockey League seasons and a Stanley Cup on his resume.
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I crossed that finish line knowing that no matter what happened next, this was it. "I'm just lucky to be here". The Canadians finished the round robin at 6-1 and had already qualified for the semifinals.
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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.
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. Brian O'Neill gave team United States of America a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period off a nice assist from Roe Garrett from behind the net.
In the extra period, it would be Mursak again who would end the game just 38 seconds after the puck dropped, to give Slovenia the 3-2 victory. All four have significant worldwide 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. Team USA had to kill off a two-minute penalty with less than 10 minutes left. Bobby Sanguinetti's sharp-angled shot created the rebound opportunity for Greenway.
Despite the loss, the race for gold is still wide open. Here are the full starting lineups.