Slovenia Takes 3-2 OT Game
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Brian O'Neill '12 had 163 points, including 69 goals, in his four-year hockey career at Yale, so fans in New Haven were not surprised to see the Team USA forward score a goal and hand out an assist in the men's opener of the Winter Olympic Hockey Tournament at Kwandong Hockey Center.
O'Neill, skating into the slot, buried a feed from behind the goal line to open the scoring in the first period. He tipped a shot from the point off the goalie later in the period that resulted in another goal for the U.S., which took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
Unfortunately for the Americans, that was the last of its goals today in a 3-2 overtime loss to Slovenia, the country with the most returning Olympians in the men's hockey field. All teams in the tournament will advance, but some will qualify for a bye after three games in pool play.
O'Neill created many scoring chances with help from his USA linemate and former Yale teammate, Broc Little '11, who was also very effective getting shots on net.
Mark Arcobello '10 also played a prominent role including the top power-play unit.
The three former Bulldogs, all wearing the uniform numbers they had at Yale, along with Team USA Assistant Coach Keith Allain '80, are back to work on Friday at 10:10 p.m. ET (CNBC) with another preliminary game against Slovakia.
By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity Director