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U.S. National University Teams go 1-1 on Wednesday at Winter World University Games

12/18/2013, 5:00pm MST
By USAHockey.com

U.S. Men's National University Team beats Italy, 5-0

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. 


U.S. Women's National University Team falls to Russia, 3-2

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.

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