Note that the game was a non-checking exhibition game (which is essentially ice dancing with sticks). Still interesting, but not surprising. A ton of 16-18 year olds play pro hockey in North America and Europe. Our only competition is from Canada, so we have a great chance for the gold as long as we don't get into any pickup games with some Tirreno area high school punks.
Jan. 5 WARROAD, Minn. β The Warroad High School boys' team squeaked out a 2-1 victory over the U.S. Olympic women's hockey team Wednesday.
Allen McBride's goal with 3:52 remaining β a backhander past Team USA goalie Chanda Gunn β proved to be the game-winner.
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"They were nice to put a team up against us that was spirited and you could tell by the reactions that it meant as much to those kids as it does to us," Team USA coach Ben Smith said. "Hockey is hockey. I think the people liked it. It seemed like a nice crowd and just a wonderful evening."
About 1,500 people turned out for the exhibition game, which was non-checking.
Kirk Olimb gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead at 13:58 of the first period when he put a shot from the high slot past Gunn.
Natalie Darwitz scored Team USA's lone goal, at 4:26 of the second period. Darwitz's shot appeared to hit the crossbar, but officials β after 3 more minutes of play β conferred and ruled that the shot had gone into the net.
That tied the game and set up McBride's game-winner. Warroad goalie Tyler Potts then stopped a couple of Darwitz shots in the final 25 seconds.
Warroad held a 24-23 edge in shots.
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