Looking to rebound following a somewhat disastrous start to their 2018 Winter Olympics campaign, the USA men’s hockey team will take on Slovakia in an important Group B matchup.
In the United States, the game starts Thursday at 10:10 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on CNBC. If you don’t have cable or a cable log-in, you can watch a free live stream of CNBC on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for a free trial of one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
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Going up against Slovenia in their Pyeongchang opener, the Americans appeared headed for a certain three points. They were clearly the more dominant team through the opening two periods, out-shooting Slovenia, 24-12, and leading on the scoreboard, 2-0, thanks to goals from Brian O’Neill and Jordan Greenway.
But the Americans collapsed in the third period, as they gave up a pair of goals to send the game to overtime and then proceeded to allow the winner just 38 seconds into the extra frame. They come away with one point due to the game going to overtime, and that one point could prove crucial down the line, but it was still nonetheless a disappointing result after looking the better team through the first 40 minutes.
“We started turning the puck over in our zone and they were getting chances and that led to some momentum for them,” said goaltender Ryan Zapolski. “We can’t give up those chances that we were giving up out of nothing there in the third. That really kills your momentum. And they scored a goal off one of them and from that point we were kind of on our heels.”
Nevertheless, there are positives to take away from the first two periods, and if the Americans can clean things up a little bit, there’s still time to recover moving forward.
“We’ll learn from this,” O’Neill said. “We haven’t played a whole lot of hockey as a team together. So it’s good for us to learn from that third period.”
Slovakia, meanwhile, enters this game coming off a 3-2 win in their opener against the Russians, which propelled them to the top of Group B. They fired 22 shots on goal, with Peter Olvecky, Martin Bakos and defenseman Peter Ceresnak finding the back of the night.