Saturday, August 22, 2009

USA falls to the Czech Republic

Press Release

FUSSEN, Germany - U.S. netminder Brendan Jensen (El Granada, Calif.) turned aside 33 shots, but the U.S. Under-17 Select Team fell to the Czech Republic, 2-1, at the 2009 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament here today.

After the Czech Republic's Zedenek Dolezai scored the game's first goal at 11:25 of the first period, defenseman Dan Molenaar (Eden Prairie, Minn.) tied the game with a wrist shot over Czech goaltender Matej Machovsky's glove at 6:49 of the second period. Cason Hohmann (Plymouth, Mich.) and Jordan Schmaltz (Verona, Wis.) collected assists on the power-play marker.

Less than four minutes later, the Czech Republic's Martin Frk scored the game-winning goal, beating Jensen with a slap shot through a screen.

The U.S. Under-17 Select Team plays Germany in its final game on Saturday (Aug. 22) at 11:30 a.m. EDT in Fussen, Germany.

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