Men's Senior National Team

USA Men Open World University Games Competition With 9-8 Loss To Japan


Aug. 18, 2017

Taipei, Taiwan - August 18 - The USA Men's National Team opened play at the World University Games with a 9-8 loss to Japan. Alex Obert (Loomis, CA/Pacific), Ben Stevenson (Reno, NV/Pacific) and Nolan McConnell (Laguna Beach, CA/Long Beach State) all scored two goals in the loss. Chris Whitelegge (Costa Mesa, CA/Coastline CC) recorded 11 saves in net. Team USA returns to play on Sunday when they meet Russia at 6:20am et/3:20am pt. For complete World University Games results and stats, click here to visit the official website. Live streaming is scheduled to be available for the two semifinal matches and two medal matches at www.livefisu.tv

Obert started the scoring in the first quarter as Team USA went up early 1-0. Japan countered with a score moments later only to have Ben Stevenson give Team USA a 2-1 lead with 5:05 to go in the first quarter. With 31 seconds left in the period Japan tied the game on a penalty shot score and it was 2-2 going to the second. 

Team USA took control in the second as Obert and McConnell scored to start the period giving Team USA a 4-2 advantage. After Japan rallied with a goal Austin Stevenson hit on a power play with 1:30 to go in the half and the United States took a 5-3 lead into intermission. 

McConnell scored on a power play to start the third and Team USA took their largest lead at 6-3. It was short lived with Japan responding with three straight goals to tie the game at 6-6 with 2:47 left in the period. Team USA had an answer of their own running off two straight goals from Ben Stevenson and Connor Neumann to close out the period ahead 8-6.

Japan battled back in the fourth scoring two straight power play goals to tie the game at 8-8 with 3:25 left in the match. They went ahead 9-8 on a score with 2:39 to play. Team USA's final chances to tie, including a power play attack were halted and Japan completed the comeback for the one goal victory. 

Scoring - Scoresheet
USA 8 (2, 3, 3, 0) A. Obert 2, B. Stevenson 2, N. McConnell 2, C. Neumann 1, A. Stevenson 1
JPN 9 (2, 1, 3, 3)
Saves - USA  - C. Whitelegge 11
Penalties - USA - 0/0 - JPN - 1/1

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