MUNICH, Germany - The U.S. Men's Select Team received goals from seven players and 23 saves from goaltender Ryan Zapolski (Erie, Pa.) as it skated past Germany, 7-4, in the final game of the 2013 Deutschland Cup here today.
The win clinched the tournament title for the United States, which also won the event in 2003 and 2004.
"We're very happy to win a championship for USA Hockey," said head coach Jack Parker. "Obviously, we're very happy with how the team played this weekend and how we hung together after being behind in both the Saturday and Sunday games. Credit to the people who put this team together, because it was just an unbelievable group of players. Today, we made a few adjustments after they were up, 2-0, and everyone contributed to the comeback. It was really a great day for this team, and to win this tournament after only being together for a few days, it's a great accomplishment."
The Germans jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first 3:22 of the contest. Following a Team USA timeout, Jeremy Dehner (Madison, Wis.) scored with an assist from Chris Connolly (Duluth, Minn.) at 10:14 to pull the U.S. within a goal at the first intermission.
After a Team Germany goal at 1:14 of the second, Grant Lewis (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made it 3-2 just 23 seconds later. Peter Mueller (Bloomington, Minn.) then tied the score on a power play at 3:55 with assists from Clay Wilson (Fridley, Minn.) and Nick Bailen (Fredonia, N.Y.), but the Germans scored soon after to regain the lead.
The U.S. rallied, and Chad Kolarik (Abington, Pa.) found the back of the net at 14:14 to knot the score, 4-4, before Pete MacArthur (Clifton Park, N.Y.) put the United States in front for good at 18:53.
Steve Moses (Leominster, Mass.) and Phil McRae (Minneapolis, Minn.) both scored third-period tallies to give Team USA a 7-4 victory.
Kolarik, Wilson and Dan Sexton (Apple Valley, Minn.) all finished with three points to pace all U.S. skaters in the contest. Mueller and Tim Stapleton (La Grange, Ill.) both collected five points in the three-game tournament to tie for the scoring lead, while Wilson's four-point effort in the Deutschland Cup made him the highest-scoring blue-liner in the event.
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