After struggling for the first two games at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, Team USA finally broke out of their offensive funk in the third game, posting a 7-3 win over Slovakia on Wednesday. The win will place the U.S. in the game that decides fifth place at this tournament, probably not what the team was hoping for heading into the event.
Two players posted three points in the USA’s win, with forwards Kailer Yamamoto (1G, 2A) and Tim Gettinger (1G, 2A) leading the way on offense. William Knierim, Casey Mittelstadt, and Drake Rymsha each posted a goal and an assist in a game that saw the U.S. fire 44 shots at Slovak goaltender Jan Koziak.
One of the core defensive players for the U.S. at this tournament has been Andrew Peeke. While his contributions haven’t necessarily come on the scoresheet, Peeke has been a player that provides solid defensive play with some physicality mixed in. Peeke will play for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL in 2015-16 before moving on to the University of Notre Dame in the Fall of 2016.
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