Men's Youth National Team

USA Youth Men Take 11th Place At FINA Youth World Championship


Aug. 11, 2014

Istanbul, Turkey - August 11 - Behind a penalty shot stop by Alex Wolf, the USA Men's Youth National Team defeated Japan 12-11 in a shootout to close out play at the FINA Youth World Championship. The victory over Japan secured Team USA of an 11th place finish. They finished the tournament with a record of 3-4 picking up victories over Egypt, Kazakhstan, and Japan. For complete tourney results for the United States, click here

Recap from FINA.org

Game 63, 10.20, for places 11-12: Japan vs. USA 11-12 (after penalty)
Quarters: 2-1, 3-2, 2-3, 1-2 – penalties: 3-4

Referees: Uz (TUR), Brooks (NZL)

JAPAN: Kazuki Hashimoto, Miki Sato, Shu Hamada 3, Kohei Inaba 2, Shingo Ishiyama, Kazuki Omoto, Shotaro Yamada 1, Suguru Kabasawa 2, Yushi Miyazawa, Yuki Shimizu, Taichi Yamada, Kiyomu Date. Head coach: Takamitsu Nakashima.
USA: Alexander Wolf, Thomas Dunstan, Bryce Hoerman, Kent Inoue 3, Warren Snyder 1, David Kessler, Marco Stanchi 2, Nicholas Carniglia, Matthew Maier, Timothy Simenc, Nicholas Bisconti 2, Bennett Williams, Conrad Gordon. Head coach: Alex Rodriguez.

Extramen
Japan: 1 for 5
USA: 1 for 9

Penalties
Japan: 1 for 1
USA: –

Japan lost by a single goal twice in the previous two knockout games (against Turkey in the quarter final, then to Canada, both times in the last seconds) and now they had another bitter day after falling to USA in the shootout. They could have finished in the top six with some luck – instead they had to settle for the 12th place. The Japanese built a three-goal advantage in the second period (5-2), but the Americans came back strong in the fourth and trailed only 7-6 before the last period. With a couple of goals scored in 40 seconds they even took the lead but the Japanese managed to force the shootout. Still, the U.S. team prevailed as the Japanese missed the third and the fifth attempts while the Americans put away all of theirs. 

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