" "Home " Nation " US Olympic women's hockey team includes five Boston College players

Jonathan Hernandez
February 14, 2018

US goalie Brandon Maxwell, Jordan Greenway, left, and Ryan Donato, right.

For 40 minutes things went swimmingly for the star-less USA men's hockey team in its Olympic opener against Slovenia. While there won't be any household names playing in the tournament, outside of former NHLer Brian Gionta, when the Americans open play on Wednesday against Slovenia, the "replacements" are eager to show the world their talent.

While the US chose to go with a mostly experienced squad, four skaters now playing college hockey made the team: F Troy Terry (currently playing for defending NCAA champ Denver), F Jordan Greenway (Boston University), D Will Borgen (St. Cloud State) and F Ryan Donato (Harvard).

One athlete to watch is Jordan Greenway, from Canton, who helped the USA win gold at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship and the 2015 IIHF U18 Men's World Hockey Championship. Greenway is the first black US men's hockey player in Olympics history.

Jordan Greenway, who still plays at Boston University, scored Team USA's second goal of the night at Kwandong Hockey Centre on Wednesday. Terry also helped the US win gold in the 2015 IIHF U18 Men's World Hockey Championship and was drafted to the Anaheim Ducks in 2015.

Slovenia took just three shots in the first period but continued to create more chances for itself as the game progressed. "We've got a terrific group and we'll be ready to play Slovakia". But the USA likely has enough talent to open with a win. Team USA led 24-12 in shots after 40 minutes and easily could have been ahead by more.

Before the NHL started sending players to the Olympics, the members of Team USA were selected the previous summer and would play a full schedule of more than 50 games against other national teams, college teams and pro teams to get ready for the Winter Games. Brian O'Neill from Garrett Roe and Ryan Donato. O'Neil also registered the secondary assist on the goal. Forward Garrett Roe flew down the left wing and dished the puck to a waiting O'Neill to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead 17:44 in. Americans have four shots compared to Slovenia's one so far.

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