Indiana holds on for 3-2 win against Team USA
The Team USA Juniors tried their best to erase a two-goal deficit, but the Indiana Ice would not be denied the victory and hung on to win, 3-2.
Indiana took a 3-1 lead during the third period, only to have Team USA storm back on a Dylan Larkin goal 5:22 into the third period to pull to one goal down.
The Juniors' power play was ineffective against the Ice's penalty kill, which allowed one goal while shorthanded.
Indiana was helped by Brian Morgan, who grabbed one goal. Morgan scored 4:14 into the third period to make the score Indiana. Zach Aman provided the assist. Indiana also got points from Drew Smolcynski, who also had one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Indiana also got a goal from Woody Hudson as well. In addition, Indiana received assists from Matthew Krug, Robbie Baillargeon, and Canon Pieper, who each chipped in one.
Team USA was below its usual level of shot production, taking 21 shots compared to the 27.7 the Juniors average.
Team USA was helped by Sonny Milano, who tallied one goal. Milano scored on the power play 9:37 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Indiana. The Juniors had taken the advantage when the Ice's Austin Ortega got sent off for roughing. Jack Eichel picked up the assist. More assists for Team USA came via Ryan Collins and Ryan Hitchcock, who contributed one a piece.
Dalton Izyk recorded 19 saves for Indiana. The Ice incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Team USA's Edwin Minney stopped 26 shots out of the 29 that he faced. The Juniors incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors.