Heading into play on Wednesday there is one thing this tournament has shown so far. Expect the unexpected. Slovakia joined the party on Wednesday, defeating the United States 6-3. The upstart Slovaks used the second period in which they dominated the offensive play to build a 4-2 lead heading into the third period. The American’s play leveled out in the final frame they were unable to mount a comeback falling 6-3.
On To the Action
The first period was a tentative played period by the Americans. They found themselves down 1-0 but railed to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. In the second it was a 5-minute boarding major penalty assessed to American Connors the major was also accompanied by a game misconduct penalty and a disqualification from the game.
The Slovaks scored three goals in a span of 3:19 in the second period to flip the script in the game and take a 4-2 lead. The United States could not complete the comeback, failing to cut the lead down from multiple goals.
Slovakia got goals from six different skaters and received a 33-save effort from Adam Gajan in the net. Tyler Boucher led the USA offense with two goals, while Kaidan Mbereko struggled in his 2023 debut, making 20 saves on 25 shots.
It was another average effort from the USA, who beat Latvia after a slow start. The team sits in the middle of the pack in Group B. The USA has a quick turnaround with a date against Switzerland on Thursday.
This And That
Flyers prospect Cutter Gauthier chipped in with 2 assists his first 2 points of the tournament
Team USA now has 3 points as the preliminary round continues
Team USA will now play Switzerland on Thursday at 4:00 pm in a key 1st round game. Flyers prospects Brian Zanetti and Cutter Gauthier will share the same ice surfaces.
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