North 4, East 2
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) _ Jerry Pawloski and Kevin Miller scored 18 seconds apart in the third period, lifting the North over the East 4-2 in the opening game of U.S. Olympic Festival hockey Tuesday.
Brian Leetch, the All-America defenseman from Boston College, sprained ligaments in his left knee when tripped by Tom Fitzgerald 40 seconds into the game. Leetch, a three-time member of the U.S. national junior team and a 1986 first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers, will be sidelined at least four weeks, but will be invited to the Olympic training camp.
″It could be a lot worse,″ Leetch said. ″I’m happy that it isn’t. I’ll be back on the ice in three or four weeks. Hopefully, I will get my chance to play on this team and go to the Rangers after the Olympics.″
The North won the game with its scoring spurt at 15:42 and 16:00 of the final period. Pawloski, a defenseman from Harvard, sent a shot from the point that was redirected in front of the net and went past goalie Mike Richter of Wisconsin. That power-play goal broke a 2-2 tie.
Miller, a right wing from Michigan State, took a feed from Skeeter Moore of Minnesota and sent a 20-foot shot over Richter’s shoulder to make it 4-2.
The East had taken a 1-0 lead 5:18 into the game when Mike Golden of Maine passed from behind the North net to Greg Brown in front. Brown, of Boston College, knocked in the puck from just in front of goaltender Pat Jablonski of Toledo, Ohio.
A similar goal by Steve Williams of Clarkson tied it at 13:43 and the North went ahead when Dan Dornbach, who set up Williams’ goal, finished off a 2-on-1 break by beating Richter with a 20-footer.
Center Mike Kelfer of Boston University tied it at 16:30 with a 10-foot shot over a fallen Jablonski.
With three minutes left in the second period, referee Matt Dunne disallowed a goal by the East during a goalmouth scramble, claiming play was dead.
Before the game, East forward Kevin Stevens, a teammate of Leetch’s at Boston College, was sent home with a stomach virus. Fitzgerald left the game in the third period with a slight knee injury that shouldn’t sideline him, Olympic Coach Dave Peterson said.