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Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

US Olympic women's hockey team includes five Boston College players

US Olympic women's hockey team includes five Boston College players

Although U.S. men's Olympic hockey coach Tony Granato was inspired to learn about and play worldwide hockey after he watched the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S. team prevail at the Lake Placid Games, he said his motivational tactics haven't included showing his own players the popular movie that was made about that gold-medal team. First, here's Slovenia's game-tying goal late in the third period. He scored one goal in 19 games. Olympic upsets happen, and the United States was on the wrong end this time.

In the five-minute, 3-on-3 overtime, Team USA put up no shots on goal before Mursak again tallied the game victor just 38 seconds into the frame for the 3-2 victory.

Along came Slovenia's Jan Mursak.

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.

Mursak had two points for Slovenia in the stunning victory over the United States.

- Men's hockey: On the opening day of men's hockey, U.S. will take on Slovenia in Group B action and will feature a roster full of collegiate athletes, minor league players and European leaguers (live starting at 6:30 a.m., NBCSN). He scored two goals and two assists in his career, for the Red Wings.

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. Blaz Gregorc cut the lead in half on a shot from the point through a pile-up of bodies in front of the net.

Everything eventually collapsed on Team USA when Mursak scored the tying tally with less than two minutes to play with the goaltender pulled for Slovenia.

Mursak played in his first National Hockey League game December 28, 2010 for the Red Wings, replacing Daniel Cleary, who had injured his ankle.

This time, the pass made it through, and Mursak beat Zapolski on the stick side, to win the game. After four seasons with the AHL Griffins, he made his Red Wings debut in the 2010-11 season. It would turn out to be the game-winning goal, sending Slovakia to the top of Group B.

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