TORINO, Italy – The U.S. University Select Team topped Korea by a 5-2 score today in its final preliminary round contest at the 2007 Winter World University Games. With the victory, Team USA clinched the fourth position in Pool B and a spot in tomorrow’s seventh-place game.
“Special teams played a large factor in the game tonight,” said Team USA Head Coach Chad Cassel (Champaign, Ill.). “Our penalty kill was very solid defensively and also created some good scoring opportunities, while our power play produced two goals as well.”
Korea opened the scoring on a fluke goal at the 12:58 mark of the first period. After Jae Bum Sim dumped the puck into the U.S. zone from near the red line, the puck hit the end boards and took an odd bounce back toward the goal before rolling off the stick of U.S. goaltender Anthony Feyock (Johnstown, Pa./University of Rhode Island) and into the net.
Drew Heredia (Wadsworth, Ill./University of Illinois) evened the game on a rebound goal at 13:54. After Johnny Liang (Glenview, Ill./University of Illinois) streaked along the right boards and put the initial shot on net, Heredia swooped in and buried the rebound past Korean goaltender Sun-ki Kim’s outstretched glove.
The United States added two shorthanded goals on a single Korean power play late in the first period. First, Marshall Chubirka (Crystal Lake, Ill./University of Illinois) picked up a loose puck and skated the length of the ice before beating Kim over his right shoulder at 15:51. Then Heredia notched his second goal of the game on a shot from the low slot that beat a sprawling Kim at 16:08.
Following a scoreless second period, Michael McMullen (Chester Springs, Pa./Penn State University) gave Team USA a three-goal advantage at the 12:07 mark of the final frame when he knocked home a rebound on the power play.
Korea’s You Lee made it a 4-2 game when he one-timed a rebound from the left faceoff circle at 16: 28 with his team on the power play, but Team USA’s Keith Jordan (State College, Pa./Penn State University) responded with a power-play tally of his own at 19:09 to seal the game for the United States. As Mike Curran (Devon, Pa./University of Rhode Island) controlled the puck behind the net, Jordan was able to slip into the slot and blast Curran’s feed past Kim.
Feyock stopped 19-of-21 shots in goal for Team USA to earn his first victory of the tournament.
Team USA’s opponent in tomorrow’s seventh-place game will be determined based on the results of tonight’s games. The United States could possibly face the Czech Republic, Italy or Japan.
NOTES: The United States improved to 1-3-0 following the victory, while Korea dropped to 0-4-0 … Tonight’s game marked the second meeting between the two countries since the United States returned to the Winter World University Games in 2001 with players from the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Team USA earned a 4-3 victory over the Koreans on Jan. 18, 2005 .
Scoring By Period
USA 3-0-2 -- 5
KOR 1-0-1 -- 2
First Period – Scoring: 1, KOR, Sim (unassisted), 12:58; 2, USA, Heredia (Liang), 13:54; 3, USA, Chubirka (unassisted), 15:51 (sh); 4, USA, Heredia (Liang), 16:08 (sh). Penalties: USA, Bonacorso (interference), :39; USA, Kuehn (hooking), 2:01; KOR, Song (holding), 5:50; KOR, Ko Byung (holding), 10:24; USA, Kuehn (high sticking), 14:48; USA, DeLorenzo (slashing), 17:24; KOR, Y. Lee (slashing), 17:24; USA, Kuehn (charging), 18:18.
Second Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Bonacorso (delay of game), :25; KOR, Ko Byung (holding), :32; USA, DeLorenzo (interference), :48; KOR, H. Lee (interference), 3:32; KOR, Park (hooking), 6:26; USA, Schmitt (interference), 8:10; USA, Curran (tripping), 13:24; USA, Krebsbach (roughing), 16:34; KOR, Baek (roughing), 16:34; KOR, Bench Minor (too many men), 16:43.
Third Period – Scoring: 5, USA, McMullen (DeLorenzo), 12:07 (pp); 6, KOR, Y. Lee (Park, E. Kim), 16:28 (pp); 7, USA, Jordan (Curran, Kuehn), 19:09 (pp). Penalties: KOR, Choi (cross checking), 5:50; USA, Liang (interference), 7:00; KOR, Park (hooking), 11:32; USA, Berry (charging), 12:32; KOR, Song (hooking), 12:39; USA, Chubirka (charging), 14:31; KOR, Hwang (hooking), 17:36.
Shots By Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 15 7 13 35
KOR 7 8 8 23
Goaltending (SH-SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Feyock, 60:00 7-6 8-8 8-7 23-21
KOR, S. Kim, 58:53 15-12 7-7 13-11 35-30
KOR, J. Kim, :35 0-0 x-x x-x 0-0
Power Play: USA 2-9; KOR 1-11
Penalties: USA 13-26; KOR 12-24