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Team Blue Defeats Team White in Overtime, 4-3, in 2022 BioSteel All-American Game

By USA Hockey, 01/17/22, 4:45PM EST

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Damien Carfagna nets overtime winner; Rutger McGroarty earns Player of the Game honors

PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Damien Carfagna (Green Bay Gamblers/Wood Ridge, N.J.) netted the game-winning goal in overtime with help from Jack Harvey (Chicago Steel/Stacy,Minn.) as Team Blue came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat Team White, 4-3, here this afternoon at the 2022 BioSteel All-American Game in Plymouth, Michigan.

Team Blue came off the opening faceoff quick as Harvey forced an offensive zone turnover to nearly put his team ahead, but Team White netminder Tyler Muszelik (USA Hockey’s NTDP /Long Valley N.J.) blocked it aside. Four minutes into play, Team Blue goaltender Dylan Silverstein (USA Hockey’s NTDP /Calabasas, Calif.) was tested, turning away a flurry of shots in front of the crease on the penalty kill with multiple Team White players chopping at the puck.

Stephen Halliday (Dubuque Fighting Saints/Glenwood, Md.) got the scoring started 10:20 into the opening frame. Connor Kurth (Dubuque Fighting Saints/South Center Lake, Minn.) received a pass up the ice and dished it out to his teammate from the wing, allowing Halliday to walk into the slot and score the lone goal of the period.

Highlights

Team White kept it rolling in the second to gain a two-goal advantage less than five minutes into the period. Lane Hutson (USA Hockey’s NTDP /North Barrington, Ill.) found Logan Cooley (USA Hockey’s NTDP /Pittsburgh, Pa.) on the doorstep who went between-the-legs for an initial shot, as Cole Spicer (USA Hockey’s NTDP /Grand Folks, N.D.) came in to clean up the rebound. Team Blue was inches from cutting its deficit to one with a little over 13:00 to play off a pair of shots but, Muszelik denied the opportunities.

After a goalie change for each team at the 10:10 mark, Team Blue notched its first goal of the game with help from Jimmy Snuggerud (USA Hockey’s NTDP/Chaska, Minn.). Cutter Gauthier (USA Hockey’s NTDP /Scottsdale, Ariz.) skated into the zone with the puck and left it near the blue line for Snuggerud, who snapped it past Team White goaltender Gibson Homer (Chicago Steel/Grand Rapids, Mich.). However, Brady Berard (USNTDP/East Greenwich, R.I.) retook a two-goal advantage for Team White after he finished a bounce pass off the boards.

Team Blue kept the game tight and closed its deficit to one goal off the blade of Cole Knuble (Fargo Force/East Grand Rapids, Mich.). A backhand shot from the slot found the back of the net after a wraparound dish from Vincent Borgesi (Tri-City Storm/Philadelphia, Pa.). A broken-up play gave Rutger McGroarty (USA Hockey’s NTDP /Lincoln, Neb.) a breakaway opportunity as he flipped the puck over the glove of Homer to tie things up with 2:37 to go which forced the game into overtime.

PHOtOs

Carfagna found himself on an odd-man rush 2:30 into three-on-three overtime was the time to send one to the back of the net to complete the comeback for Team Blue by a final score of 4-3.

Silverstein started in net for Team Blue and played 30:10 minutes, stopping 16 shots faced, while Geisel came in for 32:20 minutes, stopping 17 shots faced. Muszelik started for Team White and played 30:10 minutes, stopping all 13 shots faced, while Homer stopped nine shots in 32:20 minutes on the ice.

NOTES: Forty-two players who competed in today’s game are committed to NCAA programs… Tyler Muszelik is the sixth goaltender in BioSteel All-American Game history to stop all shots faced… Rutger McGroarty was named Player of the Game… Team White outshot Team Blue, 36-26… Both Team Blue and Team White were 0-for-2 on the power play… Tonight’s game was this first time in the game’s 10 year history to go to overtime … For more information about the BioSteel All-American Game, click here.

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