KAZAN, Russia -- Attackers Paul Reynolds and Chris Fahlsing and utility Danny McClintick each scored two goals to lead Team USA (4-1-3) to an 8-7 victory over Japan on July 16 to finish in fifth place at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
Japan (4-0-4) entered the fifth-place game leading the tournament in scoring with 110 goals (15.7 goals per game) through its first seven contests. Leading the defensive effort against Japan's explosive offense was Team USA goalkeeper, Garrett Danner. Danner finished with a tournament-high-tying 15 saves and a game- and tournament-high five steals.
McClintick got Team USA on the board first, scoring from center at the 6:21 mark of the first period. Yuta Hemmi tied it at 1-1 with a goal at center (4:05). Fahlsing then converted a penalty shot to give the Americans a 2-1 lead at the end of the first quarter (3:52).
Hemmi scored his second goal of the game, this one on a power play, to tie the score at 2-2 with 5:10 left in the second period. But Paul Reynolds answered with back-to-back scores from distance (4:29 - assist by McClintick - 3:30) to hand Team USA a 4-2 lead at the break.
Takaaki Yoshimitsu pulled Japan to within one at 4-3 with a goal from two meters with 6:12 remaining in the third period. But Ryder Roberts took a feed from Lucas Reynolds to score from distance to make it 5-3 (5:42). Fahlsing then converted another penalty shot, his second of the game, to double up the Japanese at 6-3 (4:49). Koji Takei scored on a penalty shot with 0:07 on the clock to end the third period with the Americans holding a 6-4 advantage.
The fourth quarter was all about Takei and some timely goals by the Americans. Takei would score the last four goals for Japan. He opened the fourth period with a goal from five meters to pull Japan to within one goal at 6-5 (6:24). Then Zwaneveld had an immediate answer to make it 7-5 with a goal at two meters (6:11). But Takei would score back-to-back goals to tie the score at 7-7. His first was from five meters with 2:19 left and the latter was a counter attack strike with 1:52 to go. But fittingly, McClintick, who wears No. 7, would break a 7-7 tie to score the game-winning goal on a power play with 1:13 remaining (assist by attacker Daniel Lenhart).
Danner stopped 15 of the 22 shots by Japan, or 68.2 percent of its shots. Renya Kato played in the cage for Japan, making five stops (out of 13 shots, 38.5 percent).
McClintick, Lenhart and Lucas Reynolds led Team USA with one assist apiece while Roberts won one sprint, recorded the only field block and picked up the only other steal for the Americans (Danner had five). Defender Chris Wendt also won his only sprint (Paul Reynolds 0-for-2).
For the tournament, Paul Reynolds led the team in scoring with 18 goals (tied for second among all players in the tournament) and a team-best shooting percentage of 60.0 percent (18-for-30), which ranked third in the tournament. His 6-for-6 shooting on penalty shots was the most in the tournament without a miss and ranked third overall in penalty goals scored. Attacker Jack Fellner (8-for-21, .381) and Lucas Reynolds (8-for-16, .500) tied for second with eight goals apiece.
There are still the championship and third-place games left to play tomorrow, but Danner will in all likelihood, finish as the tournament's leading goalkeeper in saves with 90 (Russian goalie Evgeniy Kostrov needs 26 saves in the title game vs. Hungary to tie). His save percentage of 59.6 percent (stopped 90-of-151 opponent shots) leads all 12 starting goalkeepers in the tournament. He also led all goalies with 15 steals.
Japan vs. USA
Japan Goals: Koji Takei 4, Yuta Hemmi 2, Takaaki Yoshimitsu
Japan Saves: Renya Kato 5