USA Powers to Cup
Olympic Ice Stadium, Munich – Steve Moses assisted on the go-ahead goal and added one himself as Team USA rallied from a two-goal deficit twice to defeat Germany 7-4 and win the Deutschland Cup.
After the hosts jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, the first score coming only 20 seconds into the game, it looked like USA would relent to the defending champs Germany.
Jeremy Dehner scored midway in the first period to get USA back into the game, behind only 2-1.
Germany’s captain Michael Wolf scored his second of the game and his fourth of the tournament one minute and 14 seconds into the second period for the 3-1 lead.
But the Americans were not phased, coming back with a Grant Lewis goal a mere 13 seconds later to make it 3-2.
The Germans then started to make errors that would cost them. Denis Reul was sent to the penalty box for slashing, and Peter Mueller would score the power play goal to tie the game at 3:55 of the second period.
Germany were short-handed again but were able to take their last lead when USA could not control the puck and it fell in for an ‘own-goal’ – Marcus Kink got credit for it.
But Kink and Felix Petermann were sent into the box, Chad Kolarik tied the game again at 4-4 with a two-man advantage.
The back-breaker came when Kolarik and Moses set up Pete Macarthur with only 1:07 left in the second and gave USA their first lead.
Pat Cortina’s team that went undefeated in his debut as head coach in last year’s tournament could not find the answer this time around.
Moses converted another power-play opportunity, set up by Kolarik and Dehner. Phil McRae iced it with six minutes left but the Germans were not in the game the entire final period.
For the USA, they won’t be able to defend the cup as the annual in-season tournament invites Team Canada and USA on a rotating basis to play Slovakia, Switzerland and the host nation Germany.
And legendary Boston University Head Coach Jack Parker, who was named to lead this squad less than a month ago, stated after it was probably his last go-round behind the bench. Parker recently retired as the Terriers’ head coach after 40 years back in March, winning 897 games, earning three national titles and 11 regular-season conference championships. His experience to calm the young Americans was helpful, as they fought back from two-goal deficits last night against the Swiss. Moses scored the winning power-play goal with 1:36 left in the game.
Parker had to call an early timeout after the Germans “blitzed” his team early and often, as he described it, but USA rallied and now go home with the cup.
Deutschland Cup 2013
Friday, November 8
Slovakia 4, USA 3, Final shootout
Switzerland 3, Germany 2, Final shootout
Saturday, November 9
Germany 2, Slovakia 0, Final
USA 5, Switzerland 4, Final
Sunday, November 10
Switzerland 3, Slovakia 0, Final
USA 7, Germany 4, Final, *USA wins Cup