For 40 minutes things went swimmingly for the star-less U.S. men’s hockey team in its Olympic opener against Slovenia. Goals from Brian O’Neill and Jordan Greenway helped the Americans build a 2-0 lead.
But things changed in the third period. Slovenia’s Blaz Gregorc cut the deficit in half with a little over 14 minutes left in regulation. Then, after pulling their goalie, Slovenia tied things up late on the strength of a Jan Mursak goal.
Mursak scored again 38 seconds into overtime to seal the dramatic, come-from-behind victory.
Do you believe in … choking away comfortable leads?
All is not lost for the Americans as all 12 Olympic teams advance to the knockout round. Hope for a bye, though, is now much bleaker.