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U.S. National University Teams split pair of games Friday at Winter World University Games

12/13/2013, 6:00pm EST

U.S. Men's National University Team Beats Latvia, 3-2

Alba di Canazei, Italy - Phil Wendecker (Westland, Mich./Davenport University) scored a power-play goal at 2:29 of overtime to help the U.S. Men's National University Team past Latvia, 3-2, in the team's second game of the 2013 Winter World University Games here today.

Following a Team Latvia penalty just 1:51 into the extra session, Wendecker beat Latvian goaltender Uldia Calpa with help from Steve Brancheau (River Rouge, Mich./Lindenwood University) and Nick Taurence (Trenton, Mich./Eastern Michigan University) to secure the victory.

"It was a great team win for us and obviously very exciting winning in overtime," said Scott Balboni, head coach of the U.S. Men's National University Team. "We thought we played strong all night long and got a lot of grade-A opportunities. Our game plan was to hit and wear them down. We thought we did that well and it obviously resulted in a great win for us."

Team USA fell behind for the first time in the tournament when Latvia's Miks Komuls scored on a power play at 11:48 of the opening period. The Americans battled back and knotted the score at 1-1 just four minutes later when Brian McGinty (Bethel Park, Pa./Arizona State University) recorded a power-play tally with an assist from Danny McAuliffe (Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona State University).

The contest remained tied until Bobby Bodette (Garden, Mich./Adrian College) finished a play with Sean Murphy (Cary, N.C./Arizona State University) and Taurence at 9:35 of the middle frame.

Latvia managed to beat U.S. goaltender Wyatt Waselenchuk (Minot, N.D./Minot State University) on a late second-period man-advantage to make it a 2-2 game after 40 minutes.

Neither team scored in the third period despite the United States holding an 18-3 advantage in shots on goal in the stanza.

The Americans outshot Latvia, 48-13, in the contest. Waselenchuk finished with 11 saves in goal to earn his first victory of the tournament.

The U.S. Men's National University Team will resume play Sunday (Dec. 15) when it squares off with Italy. Puck-drop is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET.

U.S. Women's National University Team Falls to Japan, 2-0

Pergine, Italy - Despite a 30-save effort from goaltender Chelsea Corell (Plainsboro, N.J./University of Massachusetts), the U.S. Women's National University Team couldn't muster any goal production and fell to Japan, 2-0, at the 2013 Winter World University Games here today.

"We knew Japan was a good team coming in and give them credit for playing a great game," said Mo Stroemel, head coach of the U.S. Women's National University Team. "We gave up a shorthanded goal and had to play from behind for most of the game. We're looking forward to the meeting with Canada on Sunday."

The U.S. squad started strong, outshooting Team Japan, 7-6, in the opening frame. Team USA had a chance to score the game's first goal with a power play in the closing minutes of the first period, but Mai Morii notched a shorthanded goal -- the eventual game-winner -- at 14:33 to give Japan a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

The score remained unchanged until Mayu Iwasaki connected at 14:59 of the third period to double Japan's lead. The United States pulled Corell with just under two minutes remaining in regulation, but Japanese goaltender Hazuki Maeda closed the door on late U.S. attempts to preserve the shutout.

Japan finished with a 32-20 advantage in shots on goal.

The U.S. Women's National University Team will have a day off tomorrow before playing Canada Sunday (Dec. 15) at 2 p.m. ET.

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