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Team USA beats Russia 5-4 at Ivan Hlinka tournament

Tuesday, 08.09.2011 / 1:30 PM / Prospects

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

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Team USA beats Russia 5-4 at Ivan Hlinka tournament
Vincent Hinostroza scored his second goal of the game with less than a minute remaining in overtime on Tuesday to give the U.S. Under-18 select team a 5-4 victory over Russia in their second preliminary-round match of the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament at Zimny Stadium in Piestany, Slovakia.

Forward Timur Shingaryeyev scored with 1:44 left in regulation to create a 4-4 tie for Russia, which suffered its first loss of the tournament.

Hinostroza, who spent this past season with the Waterloo Black Hawks in the United States Hockey League, ended the match in the extra session off assists from Jordan Masters and Brett Pesce.

"Our guys played really inspired hockey today," U.S. U-18 coach Seth Appert said. "We were blocking shots, checking hard and playing the American way in order to get this victory."

Hinostroza, who's eligible for the 2012 Entry Draft, had 8 goals and 22 points in 50 games with Waterloo in 2010-11.

Masters, who plays for the USHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks and also is eligible for the 2012 draft, had a goal and an assist and now has a team-leading 4 points (2 goals) in two games for the Americans. Cristoval Nieves of the Kent School in Connecticut also scored for the U.S. and stands second on the team with 3 points (a goal and a pair of assists). Nieves, also eligible for the 2012 draft, has committed to Michigan in the fall of 2012.

Daniel O'Regan of St. Sebastian's School in Massachusetts and Teddy Doherty of Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Minnesota also connected for the U.S., which notched its first win of the tournament and will next play host Slovakia in Group B on Wednesday in Piestany.

Russia, which resumes play on Wednesday against Finland, also received goals from forwards Alexander Timirev and Vadim Khlopotov and defenseman Damir Galin.

U.S. goalie Jon Gillies of the USHL's Indiana Ice made 27 saves, including all eight in the second and three in the OT. Russian goalie Andrei Vasilevski stopped 31 shots, including 13 in the opening 20 minutes when the U.S. held a 14-10 advantage.

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