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.
Starting with the upcoming season, USA Hockey is launching a new online curriculum in our Officiating Education Program. In addition to the standard registration requirements, including application, open and closed book testing and attendance at a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar, every official must complete the online material prior to receiving their card and crest for 2014-15.
The online curriculum is designed to enhance educational experience with accurate and consistent officiating information. The online modules will be broken down into three categories. The first two requirements will include general and level-specific presentations. The third category will have elective courses from a variety of topics such as positioning, procedures, penalty criteria and the mental game. These electives will be level-specific and allow you to hone your officiating skills in areas you select.
The length of each presentation will vary depending on content and focus. The majority of the presentations will fall in the 5- to 10-minute range, followed by a short quiz reviewing the content. The entire online curriculum will take 3-5 hours to complete, depending on the level of the official. The in-person seminar each official will be required to attend will be abbreviated and designed to supplement the material presented in the online curriculum.
Instructions on accessing the online seminar will be sent to you upon receiving your USA Hockey application. The curriculum will be accessed through your USAHockey.com profile and can be completed at your leisure, meaning you can log out and log back in to pick up where you left off. Some presentations are designed to be viewed before attending the seminar as a means to improve the overall seminar experience. These will be highlighted for your consideration.
Officials will find this new system to be beneficial and it will make your overall USA Hockey experience a more valuable one. Let’s get the season off to a great start!
Tag(s): World University Games