Slovakia beats US 2-1 in Germany in Olympic hockey tuneup

AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) Veteran goaltender Jan Laco stopped 35 of 36 shots, leading Slovakia past the U.S. 2-1 on Friday in the opener for both teams at the Deutschland Cup.

This was the first tuneup game for the American men before the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will take place without NHL players.

Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti, a 2006 first-round pick of the New York Rangers, scored the only goal for the U.S. The Americans outshot Slovakia 36-16.

U.S. goaltender Ryan Zapolski stopped four of five shots in the first period, and David Leggio stopped 10 of 11 in the second and third.

Patrik Lamper and Marek Hovorka scored for Slovakia, which faces host Germany on Saturday. The U.S. faces Russia next, after Granato makes some offensive adjustments.