AUGSBURG, Germany – The U.S. Men’s National Select Team will face host Germany with third place on the line here today in the final game of the 2017 Deutschland Cup.
Opening faceoff is set for 4:45 p.m. (10:45 a.m. ET) and the game can be seen live here.
The contest will be the third in three days for both teams and the winner will finish third in the tournament. Slovakia and Russia play earlier today for the Deutschland Cup championship.
The U.S. has come up short in its first two games of the tournament, despite outshooting both Slovakia and Russia.
“We’ve done some really good things here,” said Tony Granato, head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Select Team and also the head coach of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. “Today is another step in the process in building toward PyeongChang and as a coaching staff we’ve really enjoyed this group of players and have liked what we’ve seen.”
Ryan Zapolski will get the start in goal today. He was the starter against Slovakia on Friday and played the opening period. In 24 games played with Jokerit of the KHL this season, Zapolski is 18-5-1 with a 1.42 goals against average and .945 save percentage.
NOTES: The U.S. roster includes 28 players and 22 dress for each game. Forwards Mark Arcobello, Brian O’Neill, and Drew Shore; defensemen Mark Stuart and Bobby Sanguinetti; and goaltender Brandon Maxwell are not expected to dress for today’s game … The U.S. Olympic coaching staff, led by Tony Granato, is guiding the 2017 U.S. Men’s National Select Team at the Deutschland Cup. Granato served as assistant coach for the U.S. team that played in the 2004 Deutschland Cup. Granato’s assistant coaches are Chris Chelios, Scott Young, Keith Allain and Ron Rolston … The U.S. has won the Deutschland Cup on three occasions (2003, 2004, 2013), finished second four times (2002, 2007, 2009, 2015) and fourth twice (2005, 2011) … The Deutschland Cup is part of USA Hockey’s player evaluation process in selecting its 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team … Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, is the general manager of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and also serving in the same capacity for the 2017 U.S. Men’s National Select Team.
|Date||Opponent||Time (Local/ET)||Location||Live Stream|
|Friday, Nov. 10||Slovakia||4 p.m./10 a.m.||Curt Frenzel Stadium
|Saturday, Nov. 11||Russia||7:30 p.m./1:30 p.m.||Curt Frenzel Stadium
|Sunday, Nov. 12||Germany||4:45 p.m./10:45 a.m.||Curt Frenzel Stadium