Captain Andy Miele leads Team USA past Canada
Former Hobey Baker Award winner at Miami has goal, assist for Americans in 4-2 victory.
BEIJING — Team USA captain Andy Miele had a goal and an assist to lead his team to a 4-2 win over Canada in Pool A play in Olympic men's hockey on Saturday, Feb. 12.
Miele, a 33-year-old from Detroit, won the Hobey Baker Award in 2011 when he played for Miami. He is playing in his second season in the KHL for the Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo.
The Americans improved to 2-0 in pool play and play Germany at 7:10 a.m. Sunday.
Canada got a goal from former Alaska-Anchorage defenseman Mat Robinson at 1:24 of the first period to take a 1-0 lead.
But Miele answered when he scored on a backhand at 2:34 of the first period to tie the game at 1-1.
Team USA took the lead for good when Ben Meyers scored a goal with 1:16 left in the first period for a 2-1 lead. Meyers, a 23-year-old forward from Delano, is a junior at the University of Minnesota and also had an assist in the game.
Brendan Brisson, a 20-year-old sophomore defenseman at the University of Michigan, scored at 2:37 of the second period to give the Americans a 3-1 lead.
Former University of North Dakota forward Corban Knight scored a short-handed goal at 14:13 of the second period to pull Canada within 3-2.
But former Yale University standout Kenny Agostino made it 4-2 with a blast off a pass from Miele at 6:13 of the third period.
Canada had a 5-on-3 power play and Canada pulled its goalie with more than 2 minutes left in the third period, but did not score again.
Strauss Mann, a 23-year-old former University of Michigan goalie, made 35 saves to get the win for Team USA.
University of North Dakota defenseman Jake Sanderson, a late arrival to the Olympics because of COVID-19 protocols, had an assist in his first game with the Americans.