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U.S. National U17 Team Trimmed By Sioux City, 4-2

October 16, 2009 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - U.S. National Team News Release


ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Despite a 40-save effort from netminder Matt McNeely (Burnsville, Minn.), the U.S. National Under-17 Team fell to the Sioux City Musketeers, 4-2, here tonight.

Alexx Privitera (Old Tappan, N.J.) staked Team USA to a 1-0 lead after he snapped home a feed from J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio) at 11:46 for a power-play goal. McNeely made 20 saves including several of the highlight variety in the opening 20 minutes of play to keep Team USA ahead.

Just 34 seconds into the middle period Dan Ford squeezed a shot under McNeely to tie the score for Sioux City. Matt Paape gave the Musketeers the lead after a five-on-three power-play tally at 3:03. Just 31 seconds later, Dan Dekeyser snapped a shot inside the left post to make it 3-1, with the Musketeers on the man-advantage. Austin Hervey (Brighton, Mich.) converted on a slick cross-crease feed from Robbie Russo (Westmont, Ill.) to bring Team USA back within a goal with just 2:42 to play in the second.

In the final frame, with 5:21 remaining, Clinton Bourbonais tallied an unassisted goal to give Sioux City the 4-2 advantage. Netminder Matt Skoff made six of his 19 saves in the third period to earn the win for the Musketeers.

Team USA will return to action Saturday against the defending Clark Cup champion Indiana Ice at the Pepsi Coliseum in Indianapolis, Ind., at 7:05 p.m. EDT.

NOTES: Matt McNeely has made 90 saves in his last two starts ... Austin Hervey was added to Team USA's roster this week. He spent the 2008-09 season with Detroit Catholic Central High School. Hervey notched a goal in his first-career NTDP shot ... Matt Van Voorhis (Edina, Minn.) extended his point lead among USA defensmen with his assist tonight. His five points (2-3) also rank second overall on the team.


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