|Jack Johnson and Team USA suffered a 2-1 loss to Germany in front of a record 77,803 fans.
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany - Ryan Carter (White Bear Lake, Minn./Anaheim Ducks/Minnesota State Univ.) scored the game-tying goal in the third period, but the U.S. Men's National Team fell to Germany, 2-1, in overtime here tonight in the opening game of the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Championship at VELTINS-Arena in front of a world record crowd of 77,803 fans.
"It was a great event to be a part of," said Scott Gordon, Team USA's head coach. "Obviously we're disappointed with the final result, but I was especially pleased with the way we played in the third period."
The United States and Germany played a scoreless first period, with Team USA outshooting its opponent, 8-7. Nick Foligno (Buffalo, N.Y./Ottawa Senators), who had his breakaway attempt stopped by Dennis Endras, generated the frame's best scoring chance, while U.S. netminder Scott Clemmensen (Des Moines, Iowa/Florida Panthers/Boston College) turned aside all seven shots he faced to hold Germany at bay.
In the middle stanza, Michael Wolf netted Germany a 1-0 lead at 5:20. Clemmensen turned aside six shots in the period and Team USA outshot Germany by a 10-7 margin.
Carter knotted the score at 8:28 of the third period. Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass./Boston College), who was stationed at the right-wing half boards, poked the puck to Christian Hanson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Toronto Maple Leafs/Univ. of Notre Dame) at the point, where he took a slap shot that hit off Carter and a German player in front of the net before crossing the goal line.
Felix Schutz scored just 21 seconds into the overtime period to give Germany the win.
Clemmensen, who stopped five shots in the third period, finished the contest with 18 saves.
Team USA will face off against Denmark in its second preliminary-round game on Monday (May 10) at 10:15 a.m. EDT.
NOTES: Ryan Carter was named U.S. Player of the Game ... Both the U.S. and Germany were 0-for-4 on the power play ... David Moss (Livonia, Mich./Calgary Flames/Univ. of Michigan) and Eric Nystrom (Syosset, N.Y./Calgary Flames/Univ. of Michigan) both played their first collegiate game for the University of Michigan against Michigan State University at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich., on Oct. 6, 2001. The game was played in front of the previous world record crowd of 74,544. Chris Kreider participated in the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four with Boston College at Ford Field, home of the National Football League's Detroit Lions, in Detroit, Mich. The world indoor hockey record of of 37,562 was set on April 10, 2010, when Kreider helped Boston College capture the NCAA title ... For Team USA's roster, click here ... Coverage of the 2010 U.S. Men's National Team can be found here ... All Team USA games, as well as additional international games, will air on Universal Sports and at UniversalSports.com. Visit UniversalSports.com for the full schedule ... All teams in the 2010 IIHF World Men's Championship may begin the tournament with 20 skaters and three goaltenders, and can add two players after the first three games ... Scott Gordon, head coach of the NHL's New York Islanders, is the head coach of the 2010 U.S. Men's National Team, with Todd Richards, head coach of the NHL's Minnesota Wild, Joe Sacco, head coach of the NHL's Colorado Avalanche, and Ron Rolston, one of two head coaches at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, serving as assistant coaches ... The 2010 U.S. Men’s National Team is under the direction of Brian Burke, general manager; David Poile, associate general manager; and Jim Johannson, assistant executive director for hockey operations at USA Hockey. The U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, which also includes NHL front-office personnel Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia Flyers), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles Kings), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Don Waddell (Atlanta Thrashers), is charged with leading the selection of players for the U.S. Men's National Team ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.