Team North American Hockey League, representing the United States, picked up its first win of the 2019 Sirius Ice Hockey World Cup on Monday night in Sochi, Russia, after defeating Red Bull Salzburg (Austria) 3-2.
Team NAHL’s Jake Williams of the Springfield Jr. Blues replaced Fairbanks Ice Dogs goaltender Mattias Sholl for Monday’s game. Sholl had a 39-save performance in Saturday’s 5-1 loss to Finland’s Oulun Karpat.
Nick Trela of the Amarillo Bulls scored first for Team NAHL with a rebound goal 15 minutes into the first period to make the score 1-0.
Killian Kiecker-Olson scored on a wrist shot in the second period and Billy Feczko scored with a bar down goal less than five minutes later to make the score 3-0.
Later in the second period Salzburg defenseman Pontus Englund converted on a 2-on-1 to cut Team NAHL’s lead to 3-1.
With 10 minutes remaining in the third period, Salzburg’s Robert Arrak scored on a rebound, but Team NAHL held tight defensively for the remainder of the game to take the 3-2 win.
The United States team now holds a 1-1 record in the eight-team tournament and ends pool play against Czech Republic’s HC Ocelari Trinec on Wednesday at 8 a.m. AKDT.
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