Men's Senior National Team

USA Men Win Second Straight At FINA World League Super Final With 13-12 Win Over Japan


Janson Wigo scored the game winner to push the United States past Japan

June 12, 2013

Chelyabinsk, Russia - June 12 - The USA Men's Senior National Team picked up their second straight victory at the FINA World League Super Final with a 13-12 defeat of Japan. Janson Wigo (Fort Lauderdale, FL/Stanford/NYAC) scored the game winner with just 46 seconds left to give Team USA the win. Wigo, Shea Buckner (Villa Park, CA/USC/NYAC) and Michael Rosenthal (Miami, FL/USC/NYAC) all scored three goals in the victory. Andy Stevens (Villa Park, CA/LMU/NYAC) posted nine saves in net. Team USA will meet Montenegro to close out preliminary play on Thursday. 

The match seemed to be headed in Japan's favor as they led after each of the first three quarters. Japan led 4-3 after the first, 7-6 after the second, and 10-9 after the third. The United States saved their best for last as they came through with a fourth quarter surge scoring the first two goals of the period to grab an 11-10 lead. The two teams would then alternate goals with Japan tying the match at 12-12 with 1:29 to go. That led to the game winner for Wigo and a 2-0 record thus far in Russia. 

Team USA went 6/12 on power plays and 1/1 on penalties while Japan was 5/7 on power plays and 1/1 on penalties.

"We started to win that game, to play our game. It happened that I took the last shot, but that was a team effort. We are a new team, we have a new coach, we are together for the third week, we are not near our level of play," said Janson Wigo. "But wins are wins, everyone played to give their best effort. This tournament is for building, as I said, it’s a new team, plenty of Olympians retired, a lot of guys had a fresh start, now everything is about learning."

Scoring
USA 13 (3, 3, 3, 4) S. Buckner 3, J. Wigo 3, M. Rosenthal 3, J. Mann 1, A. Bowen 1, T. Corcoran 1, M. De Trane 1
JPN 12 (4, 3, 3, 2)
Saves - USA - A. Stevens 9
6x5 - USA - 6/12 - JPN - 5/7
Penalties - USA - 1/1 - JPN - 1/1 

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