Rink and Run blog: U.S. loses in front of record crowd
By: Kevin Pates, Duluth News Tribune
A Friday release from USA Hockey on a 2-1 loss to Germany to open the 2010 World Championships:
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany - Ryan Carter (White Bear Lake, Minn./Anaheim Ducks/Minnesota State Univ.) scored the game-tying goal in the third period, but the United States fell to Germany 2-1 in overtime Fridayin the opening game of the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Championship at VELTINS-Arena in front of a world record crowd of 77,803 fans.
"It was a great event to be a part of," said Scott Gordon, Team USA's head coach. "Obviously we're disappointed with the final result, but I was especially pleased with the way we played in the third period."
The United States and Germany played a scoreless first period, with Team USA outshooting its opponent, 8-7. Nick Foligno (Buffalo, N.Y./Ottawa Senators), who had his breakaway attempt stopped by Dennis Endras, generated the frame's best scoring chance, while U.S. netminder Scott Clemmensen (Des Moines, Iowa/Florida Panthers/Boston College) turned aside all seven shots he faced to hold Germany at bay.
In the middle stanza, Michael Wolf netted Germany a 1-0 lead at 5:20. Clemmensen turned aside six shots in the period and Team USA outshot Germany by a 10-7 margin.
Carter knotted the score at 8:28 of the third period. Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass./Boston College), who was stationed at the right-wing half boards, poked the puck to Christian Hanson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Toronto Maple Leafs/Univ. of Notre Dame) at the point, where he took a slap shot that hit off Carter and a German player in front of the net before crossing the goal line.
Felix Schutz scored just 21 seconds into the overtime period to give Germany the win.
Clemmensen, who stopped five shots in the third period, finished the contest with 18 saves.
Team USA will face off against Denmark in its second preliminary-round game on Monday at 9:15 a.m. CDT.
NOTES: Ryan Carter was named U.S. Player of the Game ... Both the U.S. and Germany were 0-for-4 on the power play .