Slovenia beats United States in men's hockey on first day

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

Team USA led 2-0 in the third period when Slovenia rallied to create a tense finish.

Which in all likelihood makes Thursday's (Wednesday night on the West Coast) first-round game between the sport's two superpowers at Kwandong Hockey Centre a sneak preview of the Games' gold medal final next Thursday.

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Jan Mursak who scored the winning goal, Jan Urbas, Rok Ticar of Slovenia and teammates celebrate the victory in overtime following the Ice Hockey Men Preliminary Round match between US and Slovenia at Kwandong Hockey Centre on February 14, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. They have not played a single exhibition game together.

Team USA burst out of the gates by pouncing on Slovenia in the first period. 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.

Before the NHL started sending players to the Olympics, the members of Team USA were selected the previous summer and would play a full schedule of more than 50 games against other national teams, college teams and pro teams to get ready for the Winter Games.

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

Slovenia captain Jan Mursak, a former draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings, scored that tying goal. US clearly chose to nap out there today and that cost them big time. Zapolski, 31, has appeared in 38 games with Jokerit of the KHL this season, sporting a 1.73 goals-against average and.932 save percentage.

Greenway corralled a loose puck on the side of the goal, had an open net and buried it. He collected a keepsake in the second period with a goal that gave Team USA a 2-0 lead. In that regard, the USA caught a break facing Slovenia first as opposed to the Russians, whom the Americans will face on Saturday.

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