Men's Senior National Team

USA Men Down Canada 11-6 To Take First Match Of FINA World Cup Qualification


Alex Bowen scored two goals in the win over Canada

Dec. 17, 2013

Santa Ana, CA - December 17 - The USA Men's Senior National Team opened the FINA World Cup Qualification with an 11-6 victory over Canada earlier today at the Santa Ana YMCA. The victory puts Team USA ahead 1-0 in the best of three series with the second game set for tomorrow at 10:30am pt also at the Santa Ana YMCA. In today's victory the United States used a balanced attack including two goals apiece from Josh Samuels (Villa Park, CA/UCLA/NYAC), Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/Stanford) and Danny McClintick (Agoura Hills, CA/UCLA/Bruin) to lead the offense. Andy Stevens (Villa Park, CA/LMU/NYAC) went the distance in net to secure the victory. 

The match was close in the first period with each side trading goals. McClintick, Bowen, and Samuels all scored and after one quarter the game was even at 3-3. The second period saw the United States use their center game with Lucas Reynolds (Newport Beach, CA/UCLA/Bruin) and Alex Obert (Stockton, CA/Pacific/Sac Polo) each scoring in close to build a 5-4 lead at halftime.

Team USA kept up the attack in the third period, holding a two goal lead to start the period and to finish it. Jackson Kimbell (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/) scored with just 26 seconds left to build an 8-6 lead going to the fourth. The United States blew the game open in the fourth, scoring three straight goals while keeping Canada scoreless. Bret Bonanni (Huntington Beach, CA/Stanford/Stanford) scored on a power play, John Mann (Newport Beach, CA/California/NYAC) hit on a counter attack, and Samuels finished things off with his second goal for an 11-6 lead.

The United States went 6/8 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty shot while Canada was 2/11 on the power play and 1/1 on penalty shots. For complete FINA World Cup qualification schedule and results, click here. Admission to all matches at the qualification is free. 

Scoring - Scoresheet
USA 11 (3, 2, 3, 3) D. McClintick 2, J. Samuels 2, A. Bowen 2, L. Reynolds 1, A. Obert 1, J. Kimbell 1, B. Bonanni 1, J. Mann 1
CAN 6 (3, 1, 2, 0)
6x5 - USA 6/8 - CAN 2/11
Penalties - USA 0/0 - CAN 1/1 

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