TRNAVA, Slovakia -- Brock Boeser (Burnsville, Minn.) scored twice in the third period and goaltender Kris Oldham (Anchorage, Alaska) made 20 saves to help the U.S. Under-17 Select Team beat Slovakia, 3-1, at the 2013 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament today.
"I am so happy for this young group of men that we brought to Slovakia," said head coach Pat Mikesch. "Today was the first adversity that we faced. The Slovakian goalie played an incredible game, but we kept playing the game correctly and were rewarded late. This team kept improving during the entire process and have been a pleasure to coach."
Despite being outshot, 17-9, in the first period, Slovakia was able to carry a 1-0 lead into the first intermission after a late power-play goal.
Team USA came back to knot the score 10:28 into the second frame on a shorthanded tally by Lincoln Griffin (Walpole, Mass.). Boeser made a long pass to Griffin, who gathered the puck, skated between two Slovakian defenders and put a shot into the top corner.
That's where the score stayed until Boeser scored on a rebound 6:58 into the final period to put the U.S. up, 2-1. Then, nine minutes later, Boeser notched a power-play goal to close the scoring.
The U.S. squad, which clinched the tournament championship with a 9-2 win over Germany on Saturday, finished the tournament with a 4-0-0 record
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