Tuesday, February 1, 2011

World University Games: Day 6


To the recap we go:
URI's Lassik (top) and Dionne keyed the win.
ERZURUM, Turkey – Alan Dionne (North Scituate, R.I./ University of Rhode Island) scored the game-winning goal in the third period, as the U.S. Men's National University Team topped Spain, 4-1, here today in its final preliminary-round game of the 2011 Winter World University Games. With the win, Team USA improved to 2-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and advanced to the quarterfinal round on Thursday (Feb. 3).

"When the game was scoreless after two periods, we just kept pressing and, sure enough, the puck started going in for us," said Dave Debol, head coach of the U.S. Men's National University Team. "If you stick to your gameplan, sooner or later you are going to get opportunities."

The game remained scoreless through the first period, as Team USA killed off a 5-on-3 power-play opportunity for Spain. The U.S. then outshot Spain in the middle frame, 19-3, but the game remained tied, 0-0, after two.

Team USA opened the scoring 2:47 into the third period, when Devin Sheehan (Binghamton, N.Y./ University of Rhode Island) tipped a shot from Dan Lassik (Garnet Valley, Pa./ University of Rhode Island) into the net on the right side.

Spain tied the game at the 3:51 mark, but the U.S. answered with a goal just 15 seconds later to gain a 2-1 edge. Dionne fired a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that beat Spanish goaltender Ander Alcaine for the eventual game-winner.

Four minutes after, Bob Collar (Brighton, Mich./ Davenport University) extended Team USA's lead to 3-1, when he stickhandled at the top of the crease and pushed the puck past Alcaine.

Kyle Krannich (Randolph, N.J./ University of Rhode Island) then scored off a backhanded shot from the right side with 7:22 remaining in regulation to secure the U.S. victory.

Team USA goaltender Dan Pyne (Warrington, Pa./ Drexel University) made 15 saves in the win, while Spanish goalie Alcaine Val stopped 49 shots in the loss.
Penn State Update

Tim O'Brien had a good game. Playing with Bob Collar and Michael Macari, two of the team's best forwards, he registered three shots on goal. One of these was a shorthanded breakaway 6:47 into the first period that was stopped by Spain goalie Ander Alcaine Val. He was on ice for Collar's third period goal that gave Team USA a cushion at 3-1...Eric Steinour also had three shots, as well as four penalty minutes. The first two were on a first period boarding call, successfully killed, and the other two were for a trip with 48 seconds left in the game, which obviously didn't hurt anything. He took five faceoffs, winning four, but rated a -1 for the game by being on for Spain's only goal, which tied the score at 1 for 15 seconds in the third.

Cumulative PSU Stats               
                GP  G   A   PTS  +/-  PIM
Tim O'Brien     3   0   0   0    +1   0
Eric Steinour   3   0   0   0    -2   4

Other Games

Belarus trumped Slovenia 5-1 behind a goal and an assist from both Kiryl Brykun and Mikalai Susla. The win clinched a spot in the quarterfinals - as well as one for the Czech Republic...Slovakia used two Matej Hanciak goals to help upset Kazakhstan 6-2. This result created a three-team (KAZ, SVK, USA) logjam atop Group C at the six-point mark.

Final Standings

Group A

     GP  W   OTW OTL L   PTS GF:GA
RUS  3   3   0   0   0   9   34:3
JPN  3   1   1   0   1   5   22:4
CZE  3   1   0   1   1   4   18:7
TUR  3   0   0   0   3   0    0:60

Group B

     GP  W   OTW OTL L   PTS GF:GA
BLR  3   2   1   0   0   8   16:4
CAN  3   2   0   1   0   7   14:5
SLO  3   1   0   0   2   3   11:16
KOR  3   0   0   0   3   0    5:21

Group C

     GP  W   OTW OTL L   PTS GF:GA
KAZ  3   2   0   0   1   6    9:6
SVK  3   2   0   0   1   6   17:10
USA  3   2   0   0   1   6   11:9 
ESP  3   0   0   0   3   0    2:14

So there you have it for group play. Your eight quarterfinalists are Russia, Belarus, Canada, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, USA, Japan and the Czech Republic. Slovenia, Spain, South Korea and Turkey are out of contention and will engage in a mini-playoff to decide 9th through 12th place. Check the schedule just below this for the matchups and times.

Upcoming Schedule

February 2nd
No games.

February 3rd
9th-12th playoffs:
TUR-SLO 4:00 a.m., KOR-ESP 5:00 a.m.

SVK-CAN 8:00 a.m., JPN-KAZ 8:00 a.m., USA-BLR 12:00 p.m., CZE-RUS 12:00 p.m.

February 4th
11th place game 4:00 a.m., 9th place game 5:00 a.m., 5th-8th playoffs 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

February 5th
7th place game 9:00 a.m., 5th place game 1:00 p.m., semifinals 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

February 6th
Bronze medal game 4:30 a.m., gold medal game 8:00 a.m.


The entire field had the day off from games. Team USA's practice was scheduled 8:00-8:45 a.m.

Cumulative PSU Stats                        

                GP  G   A   PTS  +/-  PIM
Lindsay Reihl   4   0   1   1    -5   6
Denise Rohlik   4   1   2   3    +6   0

                GP   Record    SOG   SVS  SV%    GAA    SHO
Heather Rossi   3    0-0-0-3   95    81   0.853  5.25   0
Katie Vaughan   2    1-0-0-0   9     7    0.778  1.50   1

Current Standings
     GP  W   OTW OTL L   PTS GF:GA
CAN  4   3   1   0   0   11  28:1
FIN  4   3   0   1   0   10  42:3
SVK  4   3   0   0   1   9   33:4
USA  4   1   0   0   3   3   17:17  
GBR  4   1   0   0   3   3   10:28
TUR  4   0   0   0   4   0    0:77

Obviously, with no games today, the same scenarios as yesterday still hold. So here's what I said yesterday.
The picture continues to crystallize. I'm going to assume Canada squeaks one out against Turkey to give them the top seed going into the semifinals, which are Friday. Finland and Slovakia have both clinched semifinal spots as well and will battle on Wednesday to determine which is second and which is third. The US-Great Britain matchup earlier that day will determine the final team advancing to the semifinals, with the loser playing Turkey for fifth place on Saturday.
Upcoming Schedule

February 2nd
GBR-USA 5:30 a.m., SVK-FIN 9:00 a.m., TUR-CAN 1:00 p.m.

February 3rd
No games.

February 4th
Semifinals 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

February 5th
Bronze medal game 2:30 a.m., 5th place game 5:00 a.m., gold medal game 6:00 a.m.

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