Double shock as Russians and USA suffer opening ice hockey defeats to Slovakia and Slovenia
The men's ice hockey opened with a double shock as the Olympic Athletes from Russia and the United States fell to shock defeats in Group B on Wednesday.
Slovenia came from two goals down in the third period to beat the US 3-2 in overtime.
A team who have earned a reputation for punching above their weight, Slovenia captain Jan Mursak tied the game with under two minutes to go by tapping home a rebound and scored the winner less than a minute into sudden-death overtime.
"I'm proud of my guys, I'm proud of the team," said Mursak, who played sporadically with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings between 2010 and 2012.
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"Hopefully, we can start looking to the next game and surprise somebody else."
Meanwhile, a third-period goal by Peter Ceresnak gave Slovakia a shock 3-2 win over OAR as the gold medal favourites squandered a two-goal lead.
The Russians drew first blood as Vladislav Gavrikov and Kirill Kaprizov found the back of the net in the opening four minutes to jump in front 2-0.
But after a lightning start, the OAR lost their composure as Slovakia hit back with a pair of goals on four shots, including a breakaway by Martin Bakos.
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After a scoreless second period, Slovakia took advantage of sloppy play by from the Olympic Athletes from Russia in the third as Ceresnak collected the winner on a powerplay off a second delay of game penalty.
The Olympic hockey tournament is being played without NHL players for the first time since the Lillehammer Games in 1994 after the league and International Olympic Committee failed to agree on players' travel and insurance costs.
That has left teams to build their rosters from emerging local talent or from players in other professional leagues, largely from Europe.