TORINO, Italy – The U.S. University Select Team dropped a 5-0 decision to Canada in its opening game at the 2007 Winter World University Games here today. Team USA goaltender Anthony Feyock (Johnstown, Pa./University of Rhode Island) made 30 stops in the game, but the United States was not able to solve Canadian netminder Paul Drew.
“We had a couple of great scoring chances early, but the Canadians took advantage of their opportunities and we didn’t,” said Team USA Head Coach Chad Cassel (Champaign, Ill.). “I thought our goaltending was good, but we took a lot of unnecessary chances on defense and gave up too many odd-man rushes.”
Canada took a 2-0 lead after the first 20 minutes on a pair of power-play goals. Rob Hennigar slipped a puck past Feyock from the left faceoff dot at 3:58, followed by a Karl Fournier rebound tally at 11:15.
James Fuhs (Pittsburgh, Pa./Ohio University) had perhaps Team USA’s best scoring chance of the first frame when he chipped a puck up-ice and skated in on a shorthanded breakaway at the 9:24 mark, but was denied by Drew.
The teams battled to a stalemate in the middle period, with Feyock making several stellar saves among his 12 stops in the period.
Canada scored three times in the third period, including two goals in the first 4:15, to put the game out of reach for the United States. Dan Rudisuela snuck a shot between Feyock’s pad and the right post to give the Canadians a 3-0 lead at 3:40, while Brandon Benedict converted on a 2-on-1 rush 35 seconds later. Pierre Luc Laprise capped off the scoring at 13:52.
NOTES: Forward Nick Krebsbach (Minot, N.D./North Dakota State University) is serving as captain of the 2007 U.S. University Select Team, while Joel Kuehn (Troy, Mich./University of Michigan Dearborn) and Keith Jordan (State College, Pa./Penn State University) are the team’s assistant captains … The 2005 U.S. University Select Team finished with a 3-3-0 record at the 2005 Winter World University games, marking its best showing since returning to the Games in 2001 with players from the ACHA.
Scoring By Period
CAN 2-0-3 -- 5
USA 0-0-0 -- 0
First Period – Scoring: 1, CAN, Hennigar (unassisted), 3:58 (pp); 2, CAN, Fournier (Roach), 11: 15 (pp). Penalties: CAN, Roach (interference), :13; USA, Force (tripping), 2:38; CAN, Laprise (tripping), 5:06; USA, Raushel (boarding), 7:45; USA, Tomassoni (boarding), 10:49; CAN, Zanowski (cross checking), 13:54; CAN, Fournier (interference), 16:50.
Second Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Curran (cross checking), 3:05; USA, Biliouris (boarding), 6:42; CAN, McAllister (interference), 9:00; USA, Kuehn (hooking), 15:38; CAN, Turner (hooking), 18:38.
Third Period – Scoring: 3, CAN, Rudisuela (Boyce), 3:40; 4, CAN, Benedict (unassisted), 4:15; 5, CAN, Laprise (Fournier), 13:52. CAN, Friesen (cross checking), 10:12; CAN, Roberts (high sticking), 14:37; CAN, Hotham (cross checking), 18:16; USA, Raushel (tripping), 19:13.
Shots By Period 1 2 3 Total
CAN 13 12 10 35
USA 7 3 3 13
Goaltending (SH-SV) 1 2 3 Total
CAN, Drew, 60:00 7-7 3-3 3-3 13-13
USA, Feyock, 60:00 13-11 12-12 10-7 35-30
Power Play: CAN 2-7; USA 0-10
Penalties: CAN 10-20; USA 7-14