MUNICH, Germany - A three-goal outburst in the final 12:14 of regulation helped the U.S. Men's Select Team come back to defeat Switzerland, 5-4, in the Deutschland Cup here tonight.
With Switzerland leading, 4-2, early in the third frame, Clay Wilson (Fridley, Minn.) converted on a power play at 7:46 to cut the Swiss lead in half. Then, at 13:06, Tim Stapleton (La Grange, Ill.) knotted the score with help from Peter Mueller (Bloomington, Minn.) and Chris Bourque (Boston, Mass.) before Steve Moses (Leominster, Mass.) connected on a power-play at 18:34 to give Team USA the lead for good.
"I was very happy with the way we responded when we fell behind," said head coach Jack Parker. "It was almost the opposite of last game. We were down tonight and came back. The tell-tale sign was when we fell behind, 4-2, and kept doing the right things. It was just a tremendous all-around effort, from start to finish."
The two teams traded goals to begin the game, with Jeremy Dehner (Madison, Wis.) putting the United States on the board at 10:50 of the first period to open the scoring.
Switzerland answered with three straight tallies before Stapleton recorded his first goal of the night -- a shorthanded marker -- at 15:07 of the middle period to keep the U.S. within striking distance entering the final stanza.
Stapleton had an assist to go along with his two-goal effort, while teammates Mueller (two assists), Moses (goal, assist) and Dehner (goal, assist) each recorded multi-point games.
Team USA goaltenders Jeff Frazee (Edina, Minn.) and Ryan Zapolski (Erie, Pa.) combined for 31 saves in the win.
The U.S. Men's Select Team will play its final game of the 2013 Deutschland Cup tomorrow (Nov. 10) at 10:45 a.m. ET. against Germany.
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