Aug 18, 2013
Szombathely, Hungary - August 18 - The USA Men's Junior National Team took fifth place at the FINA Men's Junior World Championships, defeating Spain 9-7. Four different players scored two goals each and Garrett Danner added six saves in the victory. The win avenged a loss to Spain on the opening day of the tournament. The United States finishes the tournament with a 5-2 record. For a complete tournament schedule click here. For results and recaps of Team USA at the tournament, click here.
Spain struck first in this match, scoring a goal less than a minute into the contest for a 1-0 lead. Chancellor Ramirez answered for the United States with two straight goals to grab a 2-1 lead with 5:29 remaining. Alec Zwaneveld closed out the scoring in the first with a goal for a 3-1 lead. The United States kept up the attack to start the second period with goals from Alex Bowen and Bret Bonanni to take a 5-1 lead with 3:05 left. Spain answered with two straight to close out the half and trailed 5-3 at halftime.
The third period belonged to Team USA as they blanked Spain 4-0. Bowen and Jack Fellner scored back to back goals to go ahead 7-3 with 3:59 to play. Bonanni and Zwaneveld added two more goals and after the third the United States was in command ahead 9-3. Spain tried to stage a rally in the fourth and made a pretty large dent in their deficit posting four goals. They would draw to within 9-7 with 1:22 remaining but would get no closer as Team USA came away with the two goal victory.
The United States went 6/8 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty shot while Spain was 3/6 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty shots.
Scoring - Scoresheet
USA 9 (3, 2, 4, 0) A. Zwaneveld 2, C. Ramirez 2, A. Bowen 2, B. Bonanni 2, J. Fellner 1
ESP 7 (1, 2, 0, 4)
Saves - USA - G. Danner 6
6x5 - USA - 6/8 - ESP 3/6
Penalties - USA - 0/0 - ESP - 1/1