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Five ASU Hockey players help Team USA defeat Sweden

Team USA got off to a quick start against Sweden thanks to the help of your favorite Sun Devils.

Team USA captured its first victory in a 1-0 decision over Team Sweden at the Winter World University Games.

Even though the Sun Devil players did not find the stat sheet in the first official game, Brian McGinty and Danny McAuliffe showed their chemistry on the ice. The two play together on Team USA's top line and they play on the power play unit with Jordan Young on the blue line.

In the second period, McGinty floated a centering pass to McAuliffe on the power play, but he fanned on the one-timer. The Arizona State assistant captain played strong in the third period and got a couple shots on net and his best chance came on a 2-1 offensive rush with under six minutes to play in the second.

Oakland University's Billy Balent missed on a rebound that would have iced the game for USA and McAuliffe would've recorded his first assist for the Red, White and Blue.

Jordan Young continued his dominance on the ice, playing in all situations including both special teams.

Team USA started its offense with a goal by Stony Brook's Christopher Joseph in the final three minutes of the first period. Joseph beat Sweden's goalie Helin glove side immediately off the face-off. Both Ohio's Duncan Green and Eastern Michigan's Nick Taurence got assists on the opening goal.

Stony Brook's Ryan Cotcamp had the best two chances to score in the second period, but he put too much and missed the net on both opportunities. In the final seconds of the game, Adrian's Bobby Bodette scored the empty net goal to ice the game. Cotcamp and Balent both received their first assists of the Winter World University Games.

The USA received plenty of offense from the best ACHA players, out-shooting Sweden 47-19, taking 22 shots on goal in the first period. Iowa State's Matt Cooper was credited with his first shutout of the winter.

Next up, Team USA takes on Latvia on Friday at 12:30 p.m. MST.