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U.S. Edged by Germany, 3-2, at Men's Worlds

By, 05/15/16, 9:30AM EDT


McCabe, Matthews Score Team USA Goals

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — The U.S. had a 33-14 shots-on-goal advantage in the game, but Germany broke a 2-2 tie on a seeing-eye-shot from the point through traffic with :33 to play in regulation to earn a 3-2 victory in preliminary round play here today at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Men’s World Championship.

"It was a hard fought game by both teams," said John Hynes, head coach of Team USA. "Unfortunately for us, we came a a little short."

Germany took an early lead with a power-play marker by Patrick Hager 2:19 into the opening period.

The teams exchanged roughing penalties at 10:21 and just :14 into the four-on-four, JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) skated in along the right side and sent a pass to Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis.) at the far post who tapped it in to even the game. Germany re-gained the lead on Christian Ehrhoff's slapshot from the point at 13:06 and had a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.

Team USA had :36 left on a power play that carried over into the second period and with :10 remaining in the man advantage, Brock Nelson (Warroad, Minn.) found Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.), who took a few strides and whistled a shot into the upper right corner of the net.

The U.S. had three more power-play opportunities in the second period and outshot Germany, 10-3, but the game remain tied headed into the third period.

Team USA fired eight shots on net in the third period, but could not solve Greiss. With :33 on the clock, Korbinian Holzer scored the game-winner.

Mike Condon (Holliston, Mass.) had 11 stops in the U.S. net, while Greiss made 31 saves for Germany.

The U.S. (3-0-0-3-0, W-OTW-OTL-L-T) will close out preliminary round play Tuesday against Slovakia. Opening faceoff is set for 12:15 p.m. (5:15 a.m. ET). The game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network, and a live stream will be available on NBC Sports Live Extra. Team USA can secure a spot in the quarterfinal round with a win.

NOTES: Jake McCabe was named the U.S. Player of the Game ... Brock Nelson won all seven faceoffs he took in the game ... For complete game statistics, click here.

Team USA Schedule

Date Opponent Time (Local/ET)
May 3 Finland (exhibition) L, 2-3 OT
May 6 Canada L, 1-5
May 7 Belarus W, 6-3
May 9 Finland L, 2-3
May 12 France W, 4-0
May 13 Hungary W, 5-1
May 15 Germany L, 2-3
May 17 Slovakia L, 2-3 OT
May 19 Czech Republic (quarterfinal) W, 2-1 SO
May 21 Canada
L, 3-4
May 22 Russia
Bronze Medal Game
L, 2-7

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