Men's Junior National Team

USA Junior Men To Play For Fifth Place At FINA Junior World Championships After 13-11 Defeat Of Australia


Alex Bowen scored four goals to help top Australia

Aug 17, 2013

Szombathely, Hungary - August 17 - The USA Men's Junior National Team topped Australia 13-11 in a high scoring affair to advance to the fifth place match of the FINA Men's Junior World Championship. Bret Bonanni and Alex Bowen scored four goals each in the win while McQuin Baron and Garrett Danner combined for eight saves in the cage. Team USA now moves on to play Spain on Sunday in the fifth place match at 6:30am pst. The match will be streamed live and can be accessed by clicking here. For a complete tournament schedule, click here

The two teams spent the first period trading goals. After Australia scored the first goal of the match Bowen came back with his first goal to even the match at 1-1. Bowen scored again later in the period to even the score at 2-2, and then with less than a minute to play in the period Jack Fellner found the cage to even the score at 3-3 going to the second.

Jackson Kimbell started off the second period with a goal for the United States and then Bowen followed with his third tally for a 5-3 lead with 6:04 left in the first half. Australia responded with three straight goals to retake the lead at 6-5 with 2:41 to go. Bonanni stopped the Aussie run with a goal and evened the score at 6-6, but Australia would have the last word scoring late in the period to take a 7-6 lead into halftime.

The third period belonged to the United States. Team USA ran off three unanswered goals in the third period, the first two from Bonanni and the last from Ryder Roberts. They nearly pitched a shutout in the period but Australia connected on a score with no time remaining in the quarter to leave the United States ahead 9-8 going to the fourth.

Team USA's offense kept up the attack to the start the fourth with Bowen and Bonanni cashing in early to build an 11-8 lead. Australia scored two in a row to close within 11-10 but Jack Fellner hit again to rebuild a two goal lead at 12-10 with 2:29 left. Australia tried one last rally scoring with 1:28 remaining but Chancellor Ramirez would have the final word, scoring with 24 seconds left to seal the victory at 13-11.

The United States went 2/3 on power plays and 2/2 on penalties while Australia was 1/2 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty shot.

Scoring - Scoresheet
USA 13 (3, 3, 3, 4) A. Bowen 4, B. Bonanni 4, P. Fellner 2, J. Kimbell 1, R. Roberts 1, C. Ramirez 1
AUS 11 (3, 4, 1, 3)
Saves - USA - G. Danner 4 - M. Baron 4
6x5 - USA - 2/3 - AUS 1/2
Penalties - USA - 2/2 - AUS 0/0 

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