The U.S. Under-18 Select Team was unable to protect a 1-0 lead in the third period as it fell to Russia in a 2-1 shootout loss in its opening game of the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament on Monday in Breclav, Czech Republic.
U.S. goaltender Thatcher Demko made 38 saves before the game entered the shootout.
"We played hard and competed in a hard-fought game," U.S. coach Matt Herr said. "We're going to get our rest, make small adjustments to our game and get ready to go again tomorrow night."
Team USA broke a scoreless tie in the second period as Justin Bailey capitalized on a power play, slipping a rebound past Russian goalie Igor Serebryankov. The U.S. held onto its 1-0 lead until late in the third, when Russia was able to tie the game on a goal by Pavel Buchnevich at 13:42.