By @MichaelCaples –
It was a rough Thursday night for the U.S. World Junior team, as they fell to Slovakia in their second game of the tournament in Buffalo.
A late goal by Casey Mittelstadt forced a 2-2 tie, but Slovakia’s Samuel Bucek restored his team’s lead at the 57:52 mark of regulation to win it for the visitors.
NTDP alum Brady Tkachuk scored the other goal for Team USA. Joseph Woll made his second consecutive start between the pipes, stopping 22 shots.
The Americans struggled to beat Slovakian goaltender Roman Durny, who recorded 43 saves in the contest.
Here’s how the Michigan boys fared:
Max Jones – 2 shots, even plus/minus rating, 12:25 time-on-ice
Josh Norris – 1 shot, -1 rating, 11:24 time-on-ice
Will Lockwood – 1 shot, even plus/minus rating, 14:23 time-on-ice
Quinn Hughes – 3 shots, -2 rating, 19:48 time-on-ice
Team USA won’t have much time to dwell on the loss; they play Canada in the first-ever outdoor WJC game at 3 p.m. within the confines of New Era Field in Buffalo, home of the NFL’s Bills. That game can be viewed on NHL Network.