The men’s hockey competition at the Winter Olympics in South Korea began today. It started with a shocking loss by Team USA.
The Americans, like every other team at the Olympics, do not feature any NHL players. The NHL decided that it wasn’t going to allow its players to participate this year.
So, Team USA wasn’t expected to be as good as it typically is. But they were certainly expected to be better than they showed in Game 1.
The Americans fell to Slovenia in overtime. USA got up, 2-0, before blowing that lead in regulation. The Americans then lost, 3-2, in the OT period.
Registered hockey players per country:
Slovenia —- 980
USA —- 435,737
And you mean to tell me that the USA can not find 20 players that can beat Slovenia?????
— Paul Pilatowski (@pillar32) February 14, 2018
The Americans weren’t the only top team to suffer a surprising loss on Day 1, though. Russia, the tournament’s favorite, lost to Slovakia.
Team USA still has a chance to make a run at a medal, of course. This was just the first game of a three-game round robin.
There are three groups of four teams. Everyone places the three other teams in their group once. Then, everyone advances to a 12-team single-elimination bracket.
The U.S. clearly needs to play better moving forward, though. The Americans have games left against Russia and Slovakia.