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USA Opening Victory Led by USHL Alumni

02/13/2014, 8:00am CST
By bwerger

Four of the seven goals for the United States scored by USHL graduates

The United States cruised to a 7-1 victory over Slovakia in their opening game of the Olympic Men’s Hockey Tournament in Sochi, Russia. 

Playing in his first Olympics, defenseman John Carlson (Indiana Ice, 2007-08) of the Washington Capitals started the scoring late in the first period for USA.  The second period saw an offensive explosion as the United States rattled off six unanswered goals after Slovakia had tied the contest early in the frame.

Paul Stastny (Omaha Lancers, 2002-04) of the Colorado Avalanche netted two goals during that stretch, David Backes (Lincoln Stars, 2001-03) of the St. Louis Blues chipped in another.  Forward T.J. Oshie (Sioux Falls Stampede, 2004-05) dished out two assists in the contest.

Stastny and Oshie were part of an all-USHL line that included Max Pacioretty (Sioux City Musketeers, 2006-07) who also recorded an assist in the game.

A total of eight USHL alumni are on the roster for the United States and are among 16 alumni overall competing in the Olympics.

The United States will now play the host country Russia on Saturday.  




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