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Captain Andy Miele leads Team USA past Canada

Former Hobey Baker Award winner at Miami has goal, assist for Americans in 4-2 victory.

Olympics: Ice Hockey-Men Group A - CAN-USA
Team USA forward Andy Miele (51) scores a goal past Team Canada goalkeeper Eddie Pasquale (80) during the first period in the men's ice hockey preliminary round of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Feb. 12, 2022, at National Indoor Stadium.
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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.


Ice Hockey - Men's Prelim. Round - Group A - Canada v United States
Ben Meyers of the United States celebrates scoring his goal with teammates Noah Cates (27) and Jake Sanderson (8) in a Group A game against Canada on Feb. 12, 2022, at National Indoor Stadium, Beijing, China. Meyers plays college hockey for the University of Minnesota, Cates for Minnesota Duluth and Sanderson for the University of North Dakota.

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.

Olympics: Ice Hockey-Men Group A - CAN-USA
Team USA defender Brock Faber (14) goes after the puck in a Group A men's hockey game against Team Canada during the second period in the preliminary round of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Feb 12, 2022, at National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China.
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Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com

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