Alba di Canazei, Italy - Five different players scored and goaltender Wyatt Waselenchuk (Minot, N.D./Minot State University) turned away all 13 shots he faced to help the U.S. Men's National University Team defeat Italy, 5-0, in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 Winter World University Games today.
The win puts Team USA into the semifinals for the first time in team history. The U.S. will face Kazakhstan Friday (Dec. 20) at 2:30 p.m. ET.
"We were excited about the win today to send us to the semifinals for the first time," said Scott Balboni, head coach of the 2013 U.S. Men's National University Team. "More importantly, we thought it was a great team win. Everyone contributed and we got some goals from key guys to allow us to get a great win."
The Americans jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Jon Feavel (North Pole, Alaska/Iowa State University) beat Italian goaltender Gianluca Vallini glove-side at 6:42. After receiving a pass from Ryan Cotcamp (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./Stony Brook University), Feavel stormed down the right side of the zone and tucked a shot into the top corner from the bottom of the circle. Then, at 18:22 of the first stanza, Phil Wendecker (Westland, Mich./Davenport University) connected on a power play to boost the U.S. advantage to 2-0. Brian McGinty (Bethel Park, Pa./Arizona State University) dropped the puck to Wendecker at the blue line, where Wendecker walked to the middle and floated a shot through traffic and into the net.
After a scoreless middle frame, the United States put the game away in the third period. Danny McAuliffe (Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona State University) made it 3-0 at 7:43 when he picked up a puck at the bottom of the left circle, moved towards the net and slid a shot five-hole on Vallini. John Olen (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./University of Illinois) picked a corner two minutes later, and Cotcamp finished the scoring when he deked Vallini and snuck a shot between the goaltender's leg and the left post.
Pergine, Italy - Katie Augustine (West Chester, Ohio/Miami University) had a goal and an assist, Amanda Abromson (Braintree, Mass./University of Massachusetts) added a single tally and goaltender Katie Vaughan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn State University) made 33 saves, but the U.S. Women's National University Team fell to Russia, 3-2, in a shootout this afternoon in the 2013 Winter World University Games semifinals.
"I thought we played a great hockey game," said Mo Stroemel, head coach of the 2013 U.S. Women's National University Team. "It was a tough game, but we did everything we wanted to do. I'm absolutely proud of the way our girls played, and we're looking forward to the next game."
Augustine opened the scoring at 4:40 of the first period when she found the back of the net for an even-strength, unassisted goal.
Team Russia battled back and converted on a late first-period power play to send the contest to the first intermission knotted at 1-1.
Abromson helped the U.S. regain the lead when she buried a power-play goal of her own at 7:01 of the middle frame. Morgan McGrath (Mayfield Village, Ohio/Miami University) and Augustine had assists on the play.
Russia again drew even with a power-play marker at the 19:46 mark of the second stanza.
Neither team scored in the third period or overtime, and the Russians outscored Team USA, 2-0, in the shootout.
The U.S. Women's National University Team will play Japan in the third-place game of the 2013 Winter World University Games on Friday (Dec. 20). Opening face-off is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.
The U.S. National Under-18 Team has played at a very high level and only allowed two goals in three games so far at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship this week. An overall team effort has helped Team USA get off to a 2-0-1-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) start in the preliminary round and the goaltending has been an integral part so far.
The tandem of Alex Gulstene and Lindsay Reed have complimented each other nicely and given head coach Joel Johnson great confidence in the position.
“We’re fortunate to have two great goaltenders to work with at this event. They have both been tremendous.” Said Johnson. “They lift each other up and support each other and give our team the confidence to compete hard and know that if there is a breakdown, they will be there to make a big play.”
Gulstene is the veteran of the two, appearing in her second U18 worlds here in the Czech Republic, while Reed is making her debut with the under-18 national team. Both netminders have also participated with the U.S. National Select Team, most recently at the Under-18 Series against Canada this past August.
“As we prepare for the semifinal game against Russia tomorrow, it’s extremely important to know that we have the strength of those two behind us as we make our final push over the next two games,” added Johnson.
Gulstene, who has played the first (Russia) and third (Canada) games of the tournament, helped the U.S. win the gold medal at last year’s event in a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over Canada.
In a rematch with Canada on Tuesday, she stopped 29 shots and held strong for three periods and into overtime without allowing a goal before one got by her. Overall, she has only allowed two goals in two games and has a 0.98 goals against average and a .956 save percentage.
“Alex plays with a lot of passion and brings an edge to the position," said Johnson. "She has provided that veteran presence in her role."
Reed, who is the taller goaltender of the two, has proven herself as a calming effect on the group and provided timely saves and big stops when needed.
Johnson noted that "Lindsay is a big goaltender who plays a very efficient style in net and made some key saves and shut the door completely on Sweden to earn the shutout in her appearance at this tournament."
Whoever plays for Team USA moving forward at the U18 worlds, Team USA knows it will get the assistance it needs to compete and continue to defend its title as the reigning gold medal winner.".
“They both worked hard during our pre-camp and have matched that intensity throughout our time here in the Czech Republic. They are focused on the task a hand and working closely with our goaltending coach, Molly Schaus. If they continue to do what they have been doing, they will give us a great chance to succeed.”
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