HARBIN, CHINA - The U.S. University Select Team fell to Russia, 8-0, yesterday evening at the Skating Gym in its third game of the 2009 Winter World University Games. Team USA now holds a 0-2-0-1 record (W-OTW-OTL-L) heading into its final preliminary-round game tomorrow (Feb. 25) against Japan at 3:30 p.m. (2:30 a.m. ET).
Russia opened the game by scoring four goals in the first of play, including two power-play tallies. The U.S. managed 11 shots on the Russian net but was unable to solve goaltender Alexey Belov, as Russia retained its 4-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Russia notched another power-play goal at of the second stanza, before Dmitry Zyuzin completed his hat-trick at for a 6-0 advantage. Russia found the back of the U.S. net later and retained the seven-goal lead at the second intermission.
After Stephen Yu (Garden City, Mich./University of Michigan Dearborn) replaced Paul Marshall (Orland Park, Ill./Ohio University) in the U.S. net to start the third period, Russia scored a short-handed goal at 3:05 to take an 8-0 lead. Despite equaling Russia's 12 shots on goal during the period, Team USA remained off the scoreboard.
NOTES:The U.S. team is comprised of players from collegiate ice hockey teams affiliated with the American Collegiate Hockey Association. The University of Illinois leads all schools with five players on the 22-man roster ... Joe Augustine (North Scituate, R.I./University of Rhode Island) is the head coach of the 2009 U.S. University Select Team. Augustine is assisted by Scott Balboni (State College, Pa./Penn State University) and David Debol (Saline, Mich./University of Michigan-Dearborn).
Scoring By Period
1, RUS, Zyuzin (Berdnikov, Tsybin), (pp);
2, RUS, Zyuzin (Berdnikov, Tsybin), (5x3pp);
3, RUS, Tokranov (Belukhin, Petrov), 5:28;
4, RUS, Valiullin (unassisted), .
Penalties: USA, McWhorter (roughing), :45; USA, Heredia (roughing), :45; RUS, Valiullin (roughing), :45; USA, Swezey (charging), 3:21; USA, Heredia (slashing), 3:21; RUS, Fahrutdinov (diving), 5:59; USA, Liang (holding), 6:56; USA, Zimmel (holding), 10:09; RUS, Zuborev (interference), 14:36; RUS, Mladin (interference), 14:54; RUS, Team (delay of game), 16:36.
5, RUS, Zakiev (Fahrutdin, Kulikov), (pp);
6, RUS, Zyuzin (Tsybin, Zuborev), 5:47;
7, RUS, Kuokhriakov (Sarvarov), .
Penalties: USA, Majkozak (check from behind), 2:46; USA, Majkozak (misconduct), 4:10; USA, Lassik (high-sticking), 9:07; USA, Heredia (cross-checking), 10:17; RUS, Berdnikov (charging), 12:42; USA, Butler (high-sticking), 16:19.
8, RUS, Petrov (Belukhin), (sh).
Penalties: RUS, Mladin (tripping), 2:17; USA, Dee (slashing), 4:34; RUS, Berdnikov (slashing), 4:34; RUS, Kulikov (slashing), 13:54; USA, Cornelius (high-sticking), 15:52; USA, Dee (interference), 16:47.
Power Play:USA 0-7; RUS 3-11 Penalties:USA 14-36; RUS 9-18
Officials: Referee - Wang Zhanyong (CHN); Linesmen - Justin Hull (CAN), Sun Yang (CHN)