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U.S. Men’s Nat’l Univ. Team Tops China, 17-1

02/04/2017, 9:00am EST
By USA Hockey

ALMATY, Kazakhstan – James McGing (Chicago, Ill./University of Illinois), Sean Murphy (Cary, N.C./Arizona State University) and Matthew Rudin (Northfield, Ohio/Ohio University) each netted a hat-trick as the U.S. Men’s National University Team earned a 17-1 victory over China at the 2017 Winter World University Games.

The U.S. scored five goals in each of the first two periods, and seven goals in the final frame, en route to the victory.

Eighteen different players for Team USA found the scoresheet, including defenseman Austin Wilk (Camarillo, Calif./Lindenwood University) who dished out seven assists. Matthew Hartman (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Ohio University) and Taylor Herndon (Oklahoma City, Okla./University of Central Oklahoma) each scored twice.

Goaltender Joe Olen (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./University of Illinois) made nine saves to earn his first victory of the tournament.

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Team USA will close out play at the Winter World University Games on Monday (Feb. 6) against Great Britain to decide ninth place in the tournament. Puck drop is slated for 1:30 a.m. ET and live stats are available here.

NOTES: The 17 goals mark the most ever by a U.S. team at the Winter World University Games and the seven third-period markers are the most goals scored in a single period by any U.S. Team at the Winter World University Games ... At the 2017 Winter World University Games, Team USA is competing in Group B alongside Canada, Great Britain and Slovakia. All games will be played at Halyk Arena … For complete coverage of the U.S. at the 2017 Winter World University Games, click here.

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Date Opponent TIme (Local/ET)/Result Stream Live Stats
Tues., Dec. 27 Holy Cross (Exhibition) L, 1-10 N/A N/A
Wed., Dec. 28 EHL All-Stars (Exhibition) W, 2-0 N/A N/A
Thurs., Dec. 29 EHL All-Stars (Exhibition) W, 10-2 N/A N/A
Mon., Jan. 30 Canada L, 0-6 LIVEFISU.TV Live Stats
Tues., Jan. 31 Slovakia L, 1-4 LIVEFISU.TV Live Stats
Thurs., Feb. 2 Great Britain W, 10-1 N/A Live Stats
Sat., Feb. 4 China
Classification Round
W, 17-1 N/A Live Stats
Mon., Feb 6 TBD
Classification Round
12:30 p.m./1:30 a.m. N/A Live Stats

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