Men's Senior National Team

USA Men Outlast Canada 8-7; Claim Second Place In Group Play


Alex Bowen scored three goals in the win over Canada

July 26, 2013

Barcelona, Spain - July 26 - The USA Men's National Team held off a furious rally from Canada to pick up an 8-7 victory and claim second place in Group B action. Canada had the ball and a player advantage with just seconds remaining in the fourth period before an errant pass sailed away as time expired. Team USA, ahead 7-4 with 5:24 left in the match, was able to hang on for the victory and finish preliminary play with a 2-1 record. Tony Azevedo's (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC) penalty shot score with just 2:10 remaining proved to be the difference maker. Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/Stanford) led the United States with three goals while Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC) posted 11 saves in net. Today's match will air on delay on Universal Sports at 6pm et/3pm pt. 

Team USA started off strong with Bowen scoring the first two goals of the match, the first coming on a power play, for a 2-0 lead. Canada answered with two straight, including a player advantage strike as time ran out in the period, for a 2-2 match headed to the second. The second period was quiet on both sides as John Mann (Newport Beach, CA/California/NYAC) got free inside for a lob shot score for the quarter's only goal.

Ahead 3-2, the United States kept building in the third period. Bowen connected from outside and Mann redirected a precision pass from Michael Rosenthal (Miami, FL/USC/Raider) for a 5-2 lead. Some five minutes later Canada responded on the counter attack and they would trail 5-3 going to the fourth.

The scoring picked up on both sides in the final period. Canada found the cage in the first thirty seconds to draw within 5-4. Matt DeTrane (Moraga, CA/Pepperdine/NYAC) answered when his shot was deflected into the cage for a 6-4 lead. Janson Wigo (Fort Lauderdale, FL/Stanford/NYAC) kept up the attack, finding the nearside corner as a power play concluded to take a 7-4 advantage.

From there Canada started to battle back. Consecutive skip shots, one in close, the other from distance, put the Canadians within one at 7-6 with 3:15 to play. A little over a minute later Mann would draw an exclusion at two meters and when the defender stayed in to contest a rentry pass to Mann a penalty was called. Azevedo connected, setting up the game's final sequence.

The United States went 1/4 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty shots while Canada was 2/4 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty shot. Team USA will take on the host Spain in the quarterfinal qualification at 1:30pm local time/7:30am et/4:30am pt on Sunday. Only the top eight advance to the second week of the tournament with Sunday's matches serving as a knockout round. The match will stream live on UniversalSports.com and air on delay on Universal Sports at 6:30pm et/3:30pm pt.  

Scoring - Scoresheet
USA 8 (2, 1, 2, 3) A. Bowen 3, J. Mann 2, M. DeTrane 1, J. Wigo 1, T. Azevedo 1
CAN 7 (2, 0, 1, 4)
Saves - USA - M. Moses 11
6x5 - USA - 1/4 - CAN 2/4
Penalties - USA 1/1 - CAN 0/0

Flash Quotes

“I´m happy with the victory; we made a few small mistakes that we will review with the video to learn what things to change to get ready for Sunday’s match. Canada played very strongly; it is a World Championship and everybody plays their best. Barcelona is great and we hope to stay in the championship as long as possible.” Merrill Moses - USA Goalkeeper

“This kind of game and win is exactly what we needed at this point in the tournament.” Dejan Udovicic, USA Head Coach


 

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