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

12/13/2013, 6:00pm MST
By USAHockey.com

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.

Three ways to beat burnout

11/28/2016, 9:45pm MST
By Dave Pond

According to NHL metrics, the average hockey shift lasts somewhere between 45 and 55 seconds. There’s inherent beauty and fluidity to line changes, as skaters come on and off the ice, looking to recharge after going full throttle for their teams.

Meanwhile, your NHL officiating peers are giving their all, too – regularly logging 4-5 miles a game. Those totals are even greater at your level, where you and your colleagues officiate multiple games a day, several times per week, on a seemingly never-ending calendar.

And, although we want to perform our best every game, everyone has both good days and bad – players and officials alike. To learn more about keeping burnout at bay, we went to the experts: longtime amateur hockey scheduler Larry Carrington and former NHL official Mark Faucette.

“There is so much more to officiating than meets the eye,” said Faucette, a 17-year NHL veteran. “It may look easy from the stands, but to maintain total control of a game along with the stress, slumps, supervisors, travel, and fitness regimen takes a very special kind of person.”

Get in shape (and stay there)
We all think we’re in “pretty good” shape, but the reality is, officials must be top athletes and in great condition – even at the youngest levels.

“Conditioning is very important—the deeper into the season, the more important it is,” Carrington said. “Burnout happens physically, mentally, and emotionally. An official who is in good condition will experience less physical burnout, and that will in turn help with the emotional and mental burnout.”

Faucette stresses following a workout routine that maxes yourself at least every other day. Neither player or official should plan to use games as a vehicle toward better physical fitness.

“Where we used to go to camp to get into shape, officials today are on summer conditioning regimens and are tested as soon as they come to camp,” he said. “Taking care of your body is a total focus for the good official.

“The players are so much stronger and faster now, so it’s imperative the officials keep the same pace.”

Find balance
No, not balance on your skates (that’s a given). Rather, make sure to keep the big picture in mind, to work a manageable schedule that includes everything that’s important to you – family, friends, and time away from the rink.

Although it makes Carrington’s job as an assignor more difficult, he said it pays off in the long run.

“I encourage officials to take at least one weekend off to get away from hockey,” he said. “I certainly don't want to lose their services for a week, but the invigoration that it usually provides makes them a much more valuable asset over the course of the season.”

That’s huge in an industry where both mental and physical fatigue are commonplace.

“Every official runs into slumps, just as players do,” Faucette said. “You spend numerous hours alone as an official, and when things are not going good, where everything is negative, it can cause you duress.

“Positive thoughts and self-evaluations speed up recovery,” he continued. “So, instead of telling yourself, ‘I wonder what bad thing will happen tonight?’ say ‘I’m ready for anything – bring it on!’”

Have fun
It’s No. 3 here, but should be No. 1 on your to-do list.

“I realize the officials are all trying hard, and mistakes are part of any sport by any participant,” said Faucette, who currently serves as supervisor of officials for USA Hockey, the NAHL director of player safety and the SPHL director of officiating. “That being said, the joy I get out of seeing a young official start out at ground level and making the big time one day is immeasurable.”

For most of you reading this, the “big time” might not be the end goal (and that’s OK). But wherever you are, there’s experience you’ve gained, as well as that to come – which both point back to why you first got involved in this great sport.

As an assignor, Carrington tries to get out of the office as much as he can and intentionally varies the schedules of his officials to help keep things fresh. He also encourages his more senior officials to lend a hand to those who aren’t as long in the tooth.

“Going to the rink and helping officials help themselves get better can be very invigorating,” he said. “Even a very good, very experienced official will often find it fun and relaxing to mentor some new official at a lower-level game where the stress levels aren’t nearly as high.”

But no matter where you officiate, Carrington emphasizes keeping one thing in mind: the love of the sport and those playing it today.

“If you’re not having fun, you shouldn’t be out there.”

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