MUNICH, Germany - Behind Jean-Marc Pelletier's (Atlanta, Ga.) 37-save performance, the U.S. Men's Select Team edged Germany, 3-2, in a shootout here tonight in Team USA's first game of the 2009 Deutschland Cup.
"The team played very hard tonight," said Peter Laviolette, head coach of the 2009 U.S. Men's Select Team. "We were were able to roll four lines and our penalty kill was excellent. The team should be proud of the way they played."
After both goaltenders kept the opposing team's offense at bay for most of the opening frame, the U.S. broke through with a goal from Derek Damon (Bangor, Maine) with two seconds remaining in the first period. Joe Motzko (Bemidji, Minn.) sent a shot from the high slot that Damon tipped on his backhand past German goaltender Rob Zepp to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead.
In the second period, Tim Hambly (White Bear Lake, Minn.) chipped a puck in the neutral zone that Morrison collected at the blue line. Morrison skated to the top of the circle and snapped a shot that went through Zepp's five hole at 3:41.
Germany responded with two goals 1:18 apart to tie the game, 2-2. Kai Hospelt capitalized on a U.S. turnover and beat Pelletier at 5:33 to get the Germans on the board. Travis Mulock followed with a shorthanded marker at 6:51.
After a scoreless third period and overtime, the U.S. and Germany each scored two goals in the first three shootout rounds. After Pelletier denied John Tripp, Jeff Hamilton (Englewood, Ohio) skated down the left side and, while cutting in front of the net, faked to his forehand before sending a backhanded shot past Zepp. In the second round, Germany's Thomas Greilinger beat Pelletier, but Chris Collins (Fairport, N.Y.) netted a shootout marker of his own. Michael Wolf scored for Germany in the third round before Zepp thwarted Morrison's attempt, setting up an extra round. In the first sudden-death round, Hamilton came back down the left side and beat Zepp through the five hole. Greilinger was then denied by Pelletier to give the U.S. the 3-2 shootout victory.
The U.S. faces off against Switzerland in its next game Saturday (Nov. 7) at 10 a.m. EST.
NOTES: Justin Morrison was named U.S. Player of the Game ... For Team USA's roster, click here... The Deutschland Cup has been held every year since 1990 and will feature Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States ... The U.S. won the tournament in 2003 and 2004, garnered a second-place finish in 2007 and finished third in 2005 ... Peter Laviolette, who served as Team USA's head coach at the 2003 Deutschland Cup, is the head coach of the 2009 U.S. Men's Select Team, with Paul Fenton, assistant general manager of the National Hockey League's Nashville Predators, and Greg Poss, long-time professional head coach in Europe, serving as assistant coaches.
Scoring By Period
GER 0 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 2
USA 1 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 3
First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Damon (Motzko, Morrison), 19:58. Penalties: USA, Fenton (hooking), 1:42; USA, Langfeld (tripping), 4:20; GER, Bakos (hooking), 8:07; USA, Langfeld (interference), 16:28.
Second Period - Scoring: 2, USA, Morrison (Hambly), 3:41; 3, GER, Hospelt (Greilinger), 5:33; 4, GER, Mulock (unassisted), 6:51 (sh). Penalties: USA, Team (delay of game), :00; GER, Kink (holding), 6:31; USA, Pelletier (delay of game), 10:29; GER, Hospelt (roughing), 13:31; USA, Hamilton (roughing), 13:31; GER, Bakos (hooking), 15:07; USA, Engelhardt (slashing), 19:20.
Third Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: GER, Schmidt (interference), 4:03; GER, Reiss (holding), 9:01; GER, Seidenberg (slashing), 12:43; GER, Mueller (delay of game), 13:57; USA, Engelhardt (tripping), 15:07; USA, Clarke (holding), 19:13.
Overtime - Scoring: None. Penalties: None.
Shootout: Round 1 - GER, Tripp (no goal), USA, Hamilton (goal); Round 2 - GER, Greilinger (goal), USA, Collins (goal); Round 3 - GER, Wolf (goal), USA, Morrison (no goal); Round 4 - USA, Hamilton (goal), GER, Greilinger (no goal).
Shots by Period 1 2 3 OT Total
GER 7 15 13 4 39
USA 7 11 10 5 33
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 OT Total
GER, Zepp, 65:00 7-6 11-10 10-10 5-5 33-31
USA, Pelletier, 65:00 7-7 15-13 13-13 4-4 39-37
Power Play: GER 0-8; USA 0-7
Penalties: GER 8-16; USA 9-18
Officials: Referees - Martin Reichert (GER), Daniel Stricker (SUI); Linsemen - Markku Buese (GER), Andre Schrader (GER)
Tag(s): Deutschland Cup