Jordan Greenway Slaps First Goal In Stunning Team USA Loss

    Jordan Greenway didn’t waste any time building on his historical prowess and marketing power in Team USAs first hockey game at The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang , South Korea. 

    A forward from Boston University and a 2015 second-round draft pick of the NHLs Minnesota Wild, Greenway is the first African-American to represent Team USA in hockey at the Games. Now he is the first soul patroller on ice to score a goal at The Olympics. 

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    Greenway scored to give Team USA a 2-0 lead, before the game turned into a stunning 3-2 loss to Slovenia on a goal 38 seconds into overtime by former Detroit Red Wings player Jan Mursak, who also tied the game with 1:37 left in regulation. He was a one-man wrecking crew on the ice, unwilling to be overshadowed by Greenway’s historic moment.  

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    Coach Tony Granato and Team USA have to shake it off and get back at it and recover from the stunning loss. They have 36 hours to do so before meeting another team riding high on Olympic giant juice, Slovakia on Friday (10:10 p.m., CNBC). The Slovaks upset Russia on Wednesday. Granato must chalk it up as an Olympic lesson to never let your guard down because the underdog has nothing to lose and everything to gain. Don’t get cocky or complacent with a lead. 

    (If) you drag this out and think about it for the next 36 hours, were not going to be ready to play in a couple days, Granato said. This ones over and done with. And weve got to start figuring out how to get the energy we need to be ready for the next game.”

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    If they are to turn it around, Greenway has shown that he will be a major part of the push for gold. 

    JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.