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Slovenian ice hockey team open Olympics with overtime win against USA
The Slovenian men's ice hockey team opened the Olympic tournament in PyeongChang on 14 February with a 3:2 win over the favoured United States in overtime.
It was a come-from-behind victory for Slovenia, who trailed the Americans until the 46th minute, when Blaž Gregorc scored to reduce the US lead to 2:1. The come-back was complete less than two minutes to go in regulation, with Jan Muršak equalising the score to 2:2 and forcing overtime.
Slovenia was quick to score and secure the win in overtime, as Muršak scored again only 38 seconds into the extra time to secure what was only the nation's third win at the Winter Olympics.
"This is unbelievable. Maybe we're not aware yet of what we have accomplished. I'm happy that I scored that [decisive] goal, but the win was a team effort," Muršak said.
Head coach Kari Savolainen said that Slovenia had the right team spirit needed for competitions such as the Olympics. "The players were very patient, while the Americans were getting increasingly nervous and that was our opportunity."
This is the Slovenian team's second appearance at the Winter Olympics. In their first appearance in Sochi, Slovenia made it to the quarter finals, where they were defeated by Sweden.