U.S. Men's National University Team Beats Latvia, 3-2


Team USA has 2 wins now after an overtime win over Latvia. The victory marks the first time in seven trips to the World University Games that the US has started with 2 wins.

Alba di Canazei, Italy - Phil Wendecker (Westland, Mich./Davenport University) scored a power-play goal at 2:29 of overtime to help the U.S. Men's National University Team past Latvia, 3-2, in the team's second game of the 2013 Winter World University Games here today.

Following a Team Latvia penalty just 1:51 into the extra session, Wendecker beat Latvian goaltender Uldia Calpa with help from Steve Brancheau (River Rouge, Mich./Lindenwood University) and Nick Taurence (Trenton, Mich./Eastern Michigan University) to secure the victory.

"It was a great team win for us and obviously very exciting winning in overtime," said Scott Balboni, head coach of the U.S. Men's National University Team. "We thought we played strong all night long and got a lot of grade-A opportunities. Our game plan was to hit and wear them down. We thought we did that well and it obviously resulted in a great win for us."

Team USA fell behind for the first time in the tournament when Latvia's Miks Komuls scored on a power play at 11:48 of the opening period. The Americans battled back and knotted the score at 1-1 just four minutes later when Brian McGinty (Bethel Park, Pa./Arizona State University) recorded a power-play tally with an assist from Danny McAuliffe (Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona State University).

The contest remained tied until Bobby Bodette (Garden, Mich./Adrian College) finished a play with Sean Murphy (Cary, N.C./Arizona State University) and Taurence at 9:35 of the middle frame.

Latvia managed to beat U.S. goaltender Wyatt Waselenchuk (Minot, N.D./Minot State University) on a late second-period man-advantage to make it a 2-2 game after 40 minutes.

Neither team scored in the third period despite the United States holding an 18-3 advantage in shots on goal in the stanza.

The Americans outshot Latvia, 48-13, in the contest. Waselenchuk finished with 11 saves in goal to earn his first victory of the tournament.

The U.S. Men's National University Team will resume play Sunday (Dec. 15) when it squares off with Italy. Puck-drop is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET.