Alba di Canazei, Italy - Sean Murphy (Cary, N.C./Arizona State University) scored and goaltender Wyatt Waselenchuk (Minot, N.D./Minot State University) made 37 saves but the U.S. Men's National University Team fell to Kazakhstan, 5-1, in the semifinals of the 2013 Winter World University Games today.
"Although we would have loved to be playing for a gold medal tomorrow, we're still extremely proud of what this team has accomplished," said Scott Balboni, head coach of the 2013 U.S. Men's National University Team. "The team has played very well in this tournament and we're pleased with how the group has come together in such a short period of time. We're excited to play Russia for the bronze medal."
Kazakhstan got on the board first when Alexandr Shin recorded a goal at 7:36 of the opening period and then increased its lead with a power-play marker off the stick of Yevgeniy Rymarev 29 seconds into the second frame.
Team Kazakhstan pushed the score to 3-0 at 1:59 of the third stanza when Rymarev notched his second goal of the game.
The United States tried to start a rally and cut the deficit to 3-1 at 7:32 when Murphy put a shot past Kazakhstan goaltender Andrey Yankov. Ryan Cotcamp (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./Stony Brook University) and Jordan Young (Cave Creek, Ariz./Arizona State University) recorded assists on the play.
But, just under a minute later, Kazakhstan regained a three-goal advantage when Alexandr Lipin put a shot past Waselenchuk. Nikita Kovzalov closed the scoring at 12:43.
Team USA had several quality scoring chances throughout the game and totaled 29 shots for the contest, but couldn't find a way to manage more than one goal on Yankov.
The U.S. Men's National University Team will take on Russia tomorrow (Dec. 21) in the bronze medal game of the 2013 Winter World University Games. Opening face-off is scheduled for 4:30 a.m. ET.
Tag(s): World University Games