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U17s Drop Game Two to Sweden

By USA Hockey's NTDP, 02/09/24, 2:45PM EST


U.S. back in action tomorrow against Switzerland

KRAVAŘE, Czechia - The U.S. National Under-17 Team battled hard but fell just short of the comeback as two-empty net goals sealed their fate and they fell to Sweden, 6-3, in the second game of the 2024 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.

Sweden got on the board first, with a power-play goal of the stick of Eric Nilson 5:50 into the contest.

Jack Murtagh (East Greenbush, N.Y.) got the U.S. on the board with a power-play tally of his own in the final 1:35 of the first period, picking up a Swedish clearing attempt and bouncing the puck five-hole past Isak Sörqvist.

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Noel Skarby regained the Swedish lead just shy of the game's halfway mark with a wrister on a semi-breakaway, then Arvid Drott made it a 3-1 game at the period's 13:04 mark on a breakaway of his own, going stick-side past Patrick Quinlan (Kennett Square, Pa.).

Andrew O'Neill (Fargo, N.D.) brought the U.S. within one 3:21 into the final frame. Cullen Potter (Minneapolis, Minn.) dished the puck to Landon Hafele (Fairbanks, Alaska) along the left wing, who fired a shot off. Sörqvist made the initial stop, but O'Neill picked up the rebound and flipped it into the net to make it a 3-2 game.

The Swedes regained the two-goal lead 1:52 later with a Theo Sonestedt power-play marker. The U.S. pulled Joey Slavick (Westland, Mich.), who took over in net to start the third, with 2:55 to play and Potter capitalized 34 seconds in, making it a one goal game once more.

Donny Bracco (Freeport, N.Y.) sent a shot from the left circle on net, but it bounced off Sörqvist's pad. Potter picked up the rebound and whipped in a one-timer for his first of the tournament. LJ Mooney (West Mifflin, Pa.) picked up a helper on the play as well.

Sweden spoiled the comeback bid with two empty-net goals in the final minutes, and the U.S. fell by a 6-3 count.

The U17s continue tournament play tomorrow against Switzerland at RT Torax Arena with puck drop set for 8:00 a.m. ET.

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