July 8, 2013
KAZAN, Russia -- Despite a tournament-high 14 saves from Garrett Danner, Team USA suffered a 9-5 defeat to defending World University Games champion, Serbia, on July 8 in a Group B Preliminary Round matchup at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
Dusan Markovic scored the game's first goal in the first possession at five meters to give Serbia a 1-0 lead at the 7:34 mark of the first period. Team USA would get the equalizer from Lucas Reynolds at two meters with just six seconds left in the first quarter.
Roberts then gave Team USA its only lead at 2-1 with a goal at five meters with 7:08 left in the second period. Strahinja Rasovic scored on a counter attack at the 6:09 mark to tie it at 2-2. The Serbians took a 3-2 lead into the break when Ivan Rackov scored in front of the cage with just two seconds left.
Both teams played solid defense in the third period, allowing just one goal. It marked the third consecutive 1-1 quarter for Team USA in the third period. Team USA tied it at 3-3 with a penalty goal by Paul Reynolds with 7:00 minutes left in the third quarter. Boris Vapenski helped Serbia regain the lead at 4-3 with a power play goal (2:51) to end the third period scoring.
After Roberts won the sprint to start the fourth period, Wendt tied the game at 4-4 with a score from center off a feed from McClintick with 7:34 remaining. Vapenski scored another power play goal on the next possession (7:14) to give Serbia a 5-4 lead. McClintick made the most of Team USA's only power play, scoring on the extra man opportunity to make it 5-5 with 6:39 remaining. But Serbia would score four unanswered goals from four different players to end the fourth period with a 9-5 victory.
Danner played a stellar game in goal and was credited with 14 saves. Stefan Zivojinovic was credited with seven stops in the cage for Serbia.
Roberts won one sprint while McClintick picked up the only assist for Team USA. Wendt also had the only two field blocks for Team USA while attacker Daniel Lenhart led the Americans with two steals.
Up next for Team USA (1-1-1) is a pool play game against Belgium (0-3), which has been defeated by Brazil, Italy and Montenegro by a combined score of 71-9. The game will be at 4:30 a.m. (PT) on July 10 and will be televised live on ESPNU. That game will also be replayed on ESPNU on Thursday, July 11 at 12:30 a.m. (PT).
Serbia vs. USA
Serbia Goals: Dusan Markovic 2, Strahinja Rasovic 2, Ivan Rackov 2, Boris Vapenski 2, Nikola Dedovic
Serbia Saves: Stefan Zivojinovic 7