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Men's hockey: Slovenia edges Slovakia in the shootout

Team Slovenia held off a late rally by Team Slovakia and won in a shootout to move into second place behind the Olympic Athletes from Russia in Group B standings in the men's hockey tournament Saturday.

Slovenia moves into second place behind OAR in Group B standings

Slovenia's Ziga Jeglic (2nd L) is congratulated by teammates after scoring the game winning goal in a penalty-shot shootout in the men's preliminary round ice hockey match between Slovakia and Slovenia during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung on February 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Gasper Kroselj stopped four of the five shots he faced in a shootout and Ziga Jeglic's slap shot high into the net was the difference Saturday night as Slovenia beat Slovakia 3-2 in preliminary-round play at the Olympics.

Slovenia opened the scoring when Blaz Gregorc whistled a shot from the blue line past Branislav Konrad just one minute into the second period. Anze Kuralt added another at 15:44, tipping in a pass from Jan Mursak as he was surrounded by three Slovakia players.

Slovakia answered at 4:17 when Milos Bubela tipped a slap shot past Kroselj as he stood in the crease. Marcel Hascak tied things up at 14:04 of the third period, ripped a slap shot over the glove of Kroselj, who then had to scramble late in the game to turn away several scoring chances during a Slovakia power play with only a few minutes left.

After the scoreless overtime, Rok Ticar feinted left and slid a slow shot past Konrad to give Slovenia a 1-0 lead in the shootout. Ladislav Nagy evened things up, but Andrej Kudrna, Peter Olvecky, Martin Bakos and Hascak all missed or were stopped by Kroselj before Jeglic's winner.

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