Alba di Canazei, Italy - Five different players scored and goaltender Wyatt Waselenchuk (Minot, N.D./Minot State University) turned away all 13 shots he faced to help the U.S. Men's National University Team defeat Italy, 5-0, in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 Winter World University Games today.
The win puts Team USA into the semifinals for the first time in team history. The U.S. will face Kazakhstan Friday (Dec. 20) at 2:30 p.m. ET.
"We were excited about the win today to send us to the semifinals for the first time," said Scott Balboni, head coach of the 2013 U.S. Men's National University Team. "More importantly, we thought it was a great team win. Everyone contributed and we got some goals from key guys to allow us to get a great win."
The Americans jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Jon Feavel (North Pole, Alaska/Iowa State University) beat Italian goaltender Gianluca Vallini glove-side at 6:42. After receiving a pass from Ryan Cotcamp (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./Stony Brook University), Feavel stormed down the right side of the zone and tucked a shot into the top corner from the bottom of the circle. Then, at 18:22 of the first stanza, Phil Wendecker (Westland, Mich./Davenport University) connected on a power play to boost the U.S. advantage to 2-0. Brian McGinty (Bethel Park, Pa./Arizona State University) dropped the puck to Wendecker at the blue line, where Wendecker walked to the middle and floated a shot through traffic and into the net.
After a scoreless middle frame, the United States put the game away in the third period. Danny McAuliffe (Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona State University) made it 3-0 at 7:43 when he picked up a puck at the bottom of the left circle, moved towards the net and slid a shot five-hole on Vallini. John Olen (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./University of Illinois) picked a corner two minutes later, and Cotcamp finished the scoring when he deked Vallini and snuck a shot between the goaltender's leg and the left post.