Alba di Canazei, Italy - Brian McGinty (Bethel Park, Pa./Arizona State University) scored and Team USA outshot Italy, 33-20, but the U.S. Men's National University Team fell to Italy, 5-1, in the final preliminary round game of the 2013 Winter World University Games.
The United States will learn its opponent in the quarterfinal round of the tournament later today.
"It was a tough game tonight," said Scott Balboni, head coach of the 2013 U.S. Men's National University Team. "Italy's goaltender played very well and we would have liked to convert on more of our scoring chances. We will have to wait and see who we play next, but we're excited for the opportunity ahead of us."
The U.S. started strong, outshooting Italy, 10-3, in the opening period, but the Italians struck first with a power-play marker 5:02 into the contest.
Team Italy added to its lead 6:31 into the middle frame when it scored on a five-on-three advantage, and then pushed the score to 3-0 when it tallied another power-play goal just 63 seconds later. A late second-period goal gave Italy a 4-0 lead entering the third period.
McGinty got the Americans on the board with a power-play score of his own at 2:48 of the third with assists from Gehrett Sargis (Midlothian, Ill./Robert Morris University) and Jordan Young (Cave Creek, Ariz./Arizona State University), but Team Italy countered with a goal at 14:20 to seal the victory.
U.S. goaltenders Matt Cooper (Duluth, Minn./Iowa State University) and Wyatt Waselenchuk (Minot, N.D./Minot State University) split time in net and combined for 15 saves.