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U.S. Men's National Team Blanks Kazakhstan, 10-0, at World Men's Championship

By USA Hockey , 05/15/10, 9:30AM EDT


COLOGNE, Germany - Matt Gilroy (North Bellmore, N.Y./New York Rangers/Boston Univ.) scored three goals and Brandon Dubinsky (Anchorage, Alaska/New York Rangers) tallied five points (1-4) to lead the U.S. Men's National Team to a 10-0 blanking against Kazakhstan here today in Team USA's first relegation-round game at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Championship.

"It was nice to see the guys score some goals," said U.S. Head Coach Scott Gordon. "Obviously we needed this win and we accomplished what we needed to. We'll get some rest and be ready for France tomorrow."

The U.S. raced to a 4-0 lead after the first period.

T.J. Oshie (Warroad, Minn./St. Louis Blues/Univ. of North Dakota) staked the U.S. to a 1-0 lead just :55 into the contest after sending a wraparound attempt behind Alexi Kuznetsov. Kyle Okposo (St. Paul, Minn./New York Islanders/Univ. of Minnesota) extended Team USA's lead just :18 later when he wristed a shot from the slot past the outstretched glove of Kuznetsov.

While on the power play, Gilroy gave Team USA a 3-0 advantage at 6:53 after cruising down the ice on an end-to-end rush, maneuvering through the Kazakhstan defense and sending a shot from the right faceoff circle past Kuznetsov on the far side. He potted his second of the game at 10:20 when his shot from the goal line went off the far post and into the net.

The U.S. scored five goals, including three power-play markers, in the middle frame to take a 9-0 advantage. Nick Foligno (Buffalo, N.Y./Ottawa Senators) opened the period's scoring at 8:03 when he skated down the left-wing boards, cut toward the slot and sent a backhanded shot past Pavel Zhitkov, who played the final two periods for Kazakhstan.

At 16:34, Ryan Potulny (Grand Forks, N.D./Edmonton Oilers/Univ. of Minnesota) completed a three-way passing play with Keith Yandle (Boston, Mass./Phoenix Coyotes) and Dubinsky while on the power play.

Gilroy recorded his third tally of the game 12 seconds later when he converted on a failed clearing attempt with a slap shot from the right faceoff circle.

Dubinsky gave Team USA an 8-0 lead after scoring on a 5-on-3 advantage at 18:44, while Tim Kennedy (Buffalo, N.Y./Buffalo Sabres/Michigan State Univ.) added a power-play tally of his own with 31 seconds remaining in the period.

In the final frame, Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass./Boston College), the youngest member of Team USA, scored off his own rebound with 1:03 remaining to close out the scoring.

U.S. netminder Scott Clemmensen (Des Moines, Iowa/Florida Panthers/Boston College) turned aside all 23 shots he faced in the first two periods, while Ben Bishop (Des Peres, Mo./Peoria Rivermen/Univ. of Maine) stopped five attempts in the third stanza.

Team USA faces France in its second relegation-round game tomorrow (May 16) at 12:15 p.m. (6:15 a.m. ET). The game can be seen on a tape-delay on Universal Sports and at 3:15 p.m. ET.

NOTES: Matt Gilroy was named U.S. Player of the Game ... Gilroy's second goal was not called a goal by the on-ice officiating team, however, after video review, it was confirmed ... The victory was the most lopsided win for Team USA in the IIHF World Men's Championship since a 12-1 victory over Switzerland in round-robin play on March 16, 1962. It was the first shutout for Team USA since a 4-0 win over Latvia in the preliminary round on May 2, 2008 ... Ben Bishop saw his first action of the 2010 IIHF World Men's Championship today ... Brandon Dubinsky (1-4), T.J. Galiardi (Denver, Colo./Colorado Avalanche/Dartmouth College/0-2), Gilroy (3-0), Kyle Okposo (1-1), T.J. Oshie (1-2) andRyan Potulny (1-1) each netted multi-point games ... Team USA was 4-for-7 on the power play, while Kazakhstan was 0-for-1 ... Fifteen players tallied at least one point ... Today's match-up was the first-ever meeting between the U.S. and Kazakhstan at the IIHF World Men's Championship ... With the win, the U.S. improved to 1-0-2-1 overall (W-OTW-OTL-L) ... The IIHF World Men's Championship relegation round features each group's last-place team. Each team will play three round-robin games, with the bottom two teams relegated to Division I in next year's World Championship ... All Team USA games, as well as additional international games, will air on Universal Sports and Visit for the full schedule ... All teams in the 2010 IIHF World Men's Championship may begin the tournament with 20 skaters and three goaltenders, and could add two players after the first three games ... Scott Gordon, head coach of the NHL's New York Islanders, is the head coach of the 2010 U.S. Men's National Team, with Todd Richards, head coach of the NHL's Minnesota Wild, Joe Sacco, head coach of the NHL's Colorado Avalanche, and Ron Rolston, one of two head coaches at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program,serving as assistant coaches ... The 2010 U.S. Men’s National Team is under the direction of Brian Burke, general manager; David Poile, associate general manager; and Jim Johannson, assistant executive director for hockey operations at USA Hockey. The U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, which also includes NHL front-office personnel Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia Flyers), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles Kings), Ray Shero(Pittsburgh Penguins) and Don Waddell (Atlanta Thrashers), is charged with leading the selection of players for the U.S. Men's National Team ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.


Scoring By Period

USA 4 - 5 - 1 - 10
KAZ 0 - 0 - 0 - 0

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Oshie (Okposo, Greene), :55; 2, USA, Okposo (Oshie, Galiardi), 1:13; 3, USA, Gilroy (Dubinsky), 6:53 (pp); 4, USA, Gilroy (Oshie, Galiardi), 10:20. Penalties: KAZ, Vassilchenko (roughing), 5:26; USA, Moss (hooking), 11:36; KAZ, Kuznetsov (delay of game), 20:00.

Second Period - Scoring: 5, USA, Foligno (Dubinsky), 8:03; 6, USA, Potulny (Yandle, Dubinsky), 16:34 (pp); 7, USA, Gilroy (Potulny, Dubinsky), 16:46; 8, USA, Dubinsky (Greene), 18:44 (5x3 pp); 9, USA, Kennedy (Hanson, Hillen), 19:29 (pp). Penalties: KAZ, Bumagin (high-sticking), 1:54; KAZ, Vorontsov (interference), 15:47; KAZ, Krasnoslabodtsev (checking to the head and neck), 17:12; KAZ, Krasnoslabodtsev (misconduct), 16:46; KAZ, Solarev (slashing), 17:50.

Third Period - Scoring: 10, USA, Kreider (Carter), 18:57. Penalties: KAZ, Petrov (roughing), 7:17; USA, Nystrom (high-sticking), 12:04; KAZ, Vorontsov (high-sticking), 12:04.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 18 17 10 45
KAZ 9 14 5 28
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Clemmensen, 40:00 9-9 14-14 x-x 23-23
USA, Bishop, 20:00 x-x x-x 5-5 5-5
KAZ, Kuznetsov, 20:00 18-14 x-x x-x 18-14
KAZ, Zhitkov, 40:00 x-x 17-12 10-9 27-21

Power Play: USA 4-7; KAZ 0-1
Penalties: USA 2-4; KAZ 9-26
Officials: Referees-Marc Muylaert (CAN), Chris Savage (CAN); Linesmen-Daniel Bechard (CAN), Tobias Wehrli (SUI)
Attendance: 4,529