Soviet Selects 6, Team USA 4
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Viatcheslav Lavrov and Sergey Tepliakov scored 18 seconds apart in the third period Saturday night to lead the Soviet Selects to a 6-4 exhibition hockey victory over Team USA.
The quick scores enabled the Soviets to even their record at 1-1 in the eight-game exhibition against the Americans, which continues Sunday in Uniondale, N.Y.
Team USA, the nucleus of the United States’ team for the Winter Olympics in Calgary, is 23-13-4 in its 59-game exhibition schedule against international, collegiate and professional competition. The Soviet Selects are an all-star squad secondary to the Soviet national team.
Craig Janney’s deflected shot put Team USA ahead 1-0 in a ragged first period, in which both teams wasted opportunities with sloppy passes.
Janney’s goal with 2:24 left bounced off goalie Aleksander Tyznyh, who kept the Soviets close with a pair of remarkable stops early in the period. He turned back two point-blank shots in the game’s opening minutes, the first of his eight saves in the period.
Mike Richter also made eight first-period saves for Team USA, but was outmaneuvered on two quick goals at the start of the second period.
Sergey Lapshin slipped the puck between Richter’s legs for the tying goal 23 seconds into the second period. Just 1:26 later, Mikhail Vasiljev faked Richter to his knees and slipped the puck between his skate and the post for a 2-1 lead.
Team USA tied it 1:44 later when Tony Granato rebounded his blocked shot past Tyznyh.
But the Soviets took control when Lavrov slapped a pass behind an out-of- position Richter with 16:08 to play. Tepliakov found the corner of the net 18 seconds later for a 4-2 lead.
Allen Bourbeau’s goal got Team USA within one with 13:18 to play. An offsides call pre-empted an apparent tying score at with 4:02 left and an altercation ensued, sending two players from each team to the penalty box for the next two minutes.
A pair of open-net goals by the Soviets in the last two minutes put the game out of reach.