Team North American Hockey League, which includes Fairbanks Ice Dogs goaltender Mattias Sholl, came up short Wednesday in its bid to advance to the semifinal round of the Sirius Junior Club World Cup in Sochi, Russia.
Team NAHL lost 3-2 to HC Ocelari Trinec, despite outshooting the Czech Republic squad 41-26, including 14-3 in a scoreless first period.
The NAHL contingent finished 1-2 for third place in pool B and will play for fifth place at 4 a.m. AKDT today in the Shayba Arena, the hockey venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Sholl made 23 saves in his second start for Team NAHL, which is representing the United States in the eight-team tournament which started Aug. 24 and ends Saturday.
Team NAHL scored during the last five minutes of Wednesday’s contest.
John Jaworski, of the Northeast Generals, stuffed in a loose puck with a little more than three minutes remaining in the third period. About a minute later, Killian Kiecker-Olson, from the Chippewa Steel, made it 3-2 with a rebound shot from the low slot.
Sholl was later pulled for an extra attacker, and Team NAHL put several shots on goal during the final minute but couldn’t get the equalizer past Trinec netminder Patik Svancara.
Maxim Mastic scored on a power play and Marek Havarenek popped in a loose puck in front of the net for a 2-0 lead for Trinec during the second period.
Trinec scored the game-winner in the third period on a breakaway shot from the high slot that went off a post and hit into the top of the net.
Team NAHL opened pool play Aug. 24 with a 5-1 loss to Finland’s Oulun Karpat. It bounced back Monday with a 3-2 victory over Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg.
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