TORINO, Italy – The U.S. University Select Team received goals from Lukas DeLorenzo (Export, Pa./Penn State University) and Michael McMullen (Chester Springs, Pa./Penn State University), but dropped a 5-2 decision to Russia at the 2007 Winter World University Games here today. Team USA goaltender Anthony Feyock (Johnstown, Pa./University of Rhode Island) recorded 32 saves in the loss.
"Tonight was by far our best effort of the tournament,” said Team USA Head Coach Chad Cassel (Champaign, Ill.). “We controlled the game physically and made very few mistakes, but just couldn’t convert on the opportunities we had after we tied the game in the second period.”
Russia jumped out to a 2-0 lead on two first-period power-play goals. Andrey Rychagov scored from the goalmouth at 3:52 during a 5-on-3 advantage before Maxim Leskin netted a goal of his own at 4:50.
DeLorenzo cut Team USA’s deficit in half when he netted his first goal of the tournament at the 13: 56 mark of the first period. Strong forechecking by Frank Berry (Allentown, Pa./Penn State University) and McMullen forced a turnover in Russia’s defensive zone. McMullen then slipped a pass to DeLorenzo, who walked in from the left faceoff circle and buried a shot past Russian netminder Maxim Koryakin.
McMullen evened the score in the second period with the help of DeLorenzo and Anthony Bonacorso (Munhall, Pa./Arizona State University). DeLorenzo controlled the puck behind the Russian net before feeding Bonacorso for a shot from the point. DeLorenzo picked up Bonacorso’s rebound and chipped the puck across the crease to McMullen, who tapped it past Koryakin at 19:18.
The game continued with back-and-forth action in the third period before Russia tallied three unanswered goals. Leskin notched his second tally of the night at 13:34 to give Russia a 3-2 advantage. Three minutes later, Rychagov muscled through three defenders to notch his second goal of the night before completing the hat trick with an empty-net goal at 18:51.
NOTES: The United States fell to 0-3-0 following the loss, while Russia improved to 3-0-0 … Tonight’s game marked the second meeting between the two countries since the United States returned to the Winter World University Games in 2001 with players from the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Team USA earned a 4-2 victory over the Russians on Feb. 10, 2001.
Scoring By Period
RUS 2-0-3 -- 5
USA 1-1-0 -- 2
First Period – Scoring: 1, RUS, Rychagov (Isakov), 3:52 (5x3 pp); 2, RUS, Leskin, (unassisted), 4:50 (pp); 3, USA, DeLorenzo (McMullen), 13:56. Penalties: RUS, Ternavskiy (tripping), :15; USA, Tomassoni (holding), 2:23; USA, Heredia (cross checking), 3:19; RUS, Trusov (tripping), 5:28; RUS, Isakov (tripping), 6:59; USA, McMullen (kneeing), 11:31; RUS, Trusov (slashing), 14:21; RUS, Kachesov (hooking), 17:48.
Second Period – Scoring: 4, USA, McMullen (DeLorenzo, Bonacorso), 19:18. Penalties: USA, Jordan (tripping), 9:08; USA, Chubirka (slashing), 10:41; RUS, Zasypkin (interference), 19:39.
Third Period – Scoring: 5, RUS, Leskin (Zasypkin), 13:34; 6, RUS, Rychagov (unassisted), 16:34; 7, Rychagov (unassisted), 18:51 (eng). Penalties: USA, Tomassoni (tripping), 5:53; RUS, Isakov (slashing), 8:54; USA, Cash (holding), 10:35; USA, Heredia (delay of game), 16:34.
Shots By Period 1 2 3 Total
RUS 9 13 15 37
USA 9 8 3 20
Goaltending (SH-SV) 1 2 3 Total
RUS, Koryakin, 60:00 9-8 8-7 3-3 20-18
USA, Feyock, 59:56 9-7 13-13 14-12 36-32
Power Play: RUS 2-9; USA 0-8
Penalties: RUS 8-16; USA 9-18