Alba di Canazei, Italy - Brian McGinty (Bethel Park, Pa./Arizona State University) scored and Team USA outshot Italy, 33-20, but the U.S. Men's National University Team fell to Italy, 5-1, in the final preliminary round game of the 2013 Winter World University Games.
The United States will learn its opponent in the quarterfinal round of the tournament later today.
"It was a tough game tonight," said Scott Balboni, head coach of the 2013 U.S. Men's National University Team. "Italy's goaltender played very well and we would have liked to convert on more of our scoring chances. We will have to wait and see who we play next, but we're excited for the opportunity ahead of us."
The U.S. started strong, outshooting Italy, 10-3, in the opening period, but the Italians struck first with a power-play marker 5:02 into the contest.
Team Italy added to its lead 6:31 into the middle frame when it scored on a five-on-three advantage, and then pushed the score to 3-0 when it tallied another power-play goal just 63 seconds later. A late second-period goal gave Italy a 4-0 lead entering the third period.
McGinty got the Americans on the board with a power-play score of his own at 2:48 of the third with assists from Gehrett Sargis (Midlothian, Ill./Robert Morris University) and Jordan Young (Cave Creek, Ariz./Arizona State University), but Team Italy countered with a goal at 14:20 to seal the victory.
U.S. goaltenders Matt Cooper (Duluth, Minn./Iowa State University) and Wyatt Waselenchuk (Minot, N.D./Minot State University) split time in net and combined for 15 saves.
Pergine, Italy - Cassie Catlow (Saundertown, R.I./University of Rhode Island) scored for Team USA but the U.S. Women's National University Team fell to Canada, 9-1, at the 2013 Winter World University Games.
"We knew going in that Canada was great team," said Mo Stroemel, head coach of the 2013 U.S. Women's National University Team. "We had a great first period and then Canada played well in the second and third. We will focus on our game tomorrow and work on continuing to improve as a team."
Canada managed to build a 2-0 lead entering the first intermission with goals at 7:57 and 14:17 despite a closely contested opening frame.
Team Canada added four more markers in the second period to carry a 6-0 advantage into the final stanza.
After the Canadians made it 7-0 midway through the third frame, Catlow found the back of the net on a power play at 12:54 with help from Hayley Williams (Crete, Ill./Robert Morris University) and Ramey Weaver (Eagle River, Alaska/Robert Morris University). Canada scored twice more -- once at 13:51 and again at 17:04 -- to close the scoring.
Team USA goaltender Katie Vaughan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn State University) turned away 27 shots in the contest.
The U.S. Women's National University Team will close out its preliminary round schedule tomorrow (Dec. 16) when it faces Spain. Puck-drop is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.
Tag(s): World University Games