KAZAN, Russia -- Attacker Paul Reynolds scored four goals and goalkeeper Garrett Danner made a tournament-high 15 saves to lead Team USA to an 11-8 victory on July 15 to advance to the fifth-place game of the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
The United States (3-1-3) will face Japan (4-0-3) in the fifth-place game on July 16 at 1:30 a.m. (PT). Japan reached the fifth-place game with a 12-9 victory over Brazil in the other consolation semifinals contest.
In addition to the four goals by Reynolds, Team USA also received two goals from defender Chris Wendt (on two shots) and one goal each from attackers Daniel Lenhart and Jack Fellner, center Lucas Reynolds, utility Danny McClintick and defender Anthony Daboub.
Team USA dominated the first quarter, pitching a shutout on the defensive end and scoring twice on offense. Lucas Reynolds scored first with a strike from two meters (7:19) and then Paul Reynolds converted a penalty shot (0:27) to end the first period scoring up 2-0.
Australia cut the deficit in half with a power play goal from Blake Edwards at the 6:50 mark of the second period. Paul Reynolds answered with an extra man score off a feed from McClintick to make it 3-1 with 5:20 left in the quarter. Then Daboub took a McClintick pass and scored from two meters to put the USA up 4-1 (3:28). Nicholas Redbond trimmed the lead to 4-2 (1:34) with a score from center. McClintick assisted on another goal for Team USA as Paul Reynolds completed his hat trick to put the U.S. up 5-2 at halftime with a goal at the 1:15 mark.
Pau Sindone opened the third period with a counter attack score to make it 5-3 (5:17). But Wendt's score from center off a feed from McClintick doubled up the Australians at 6-3 (4:59). Wendt then picked up an assist on a score from distance by Fellner to make it 7-3 with 3:37 left in the third quarter. Christopher Dyson made it 7-4 with an exclusion goal (3:08) for Australia. Lenhart ended the period with a goal from five meters with just three seconds left to put the Americans up 8-4.
Paul Reynolds opened the final period with another penalty shot to put Team USA up 9-4 (7:10). Then Edwards scored his second for the Aussies on a penalty shot to make it 9-5 (6:55). The Americans then built an insurmountable lead of 11-5 with back-to-back power play goals. The first was by Wendt, his second of the game, which was assisted by Paul Reynolds (6:29). The second was by McClintick with 4:21 remaining. Then as they did in the close win over Montenegro, Team USA allowed Australia to score the final three goals of the game (2:23, 1:21, 0:32), two on power plays, to end the game with an 11-8 victory.
Danner picked up one steal in addition to his 15 saves. He stopped 15 of the 23 shots by Australia, or 65.2 percent of its shots. Edward Slade played in the cage for the Aussies, making two stops (out of 13 shots, 15.4 percent).
McClintick finished the game with a tournament-high four assists while Wendt led the team with three steals and won the only sprint for Team USA (Paul Reynolds 0-for-1, Chris Fahlsing 0-for-1, Ryder Roberts 0-for-1). Paul Reynolds and Fellner picked up the only two field blocks for Team USA.
Australia vs. USA
Australia Goals: Blake Edwards 2, Pau Sindone 2, Nicholas Redbond, Nicholas Godfrey, George Ford, Christopher Dyson
Australia Saves: Edward Slade 2