SANTA ANA, Calif. -- The USA Men's Senior National Team opened the FINA World Cup Qualification with an 11-6 victory over Canada earlier today at the Santa Ana YMCA. The victory puts Team USA ahead 1-0 in the best of three series with the second game set for tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. (PT).
There are four Bruins on the squad and three of them combined for five of Team USA's 11 goals. The United States used a balanced attack including two goals apiece from Bruins Josh Samuels (Villa Park, CA/UCLA/NYAC) and Danny McClintick (Agoura Hills, CA/UCLA/Bruin). Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/Stanford) also knotched two goals to lead the USA offense. Andy Stevens (Villa Park, CA/LMU/NYAC) went the distance in net to secure the victory.
The match was close in the first period with each side trading goals. McClintick, Bowen, and Samuels all scored and after one quarter the game was even at 3-3.
The second period saw the United States use their center game with UCLA's Lucas Reynolds (Newport Beach, CA/UCLA/Bruin) and Alex Obert (Stockton, CA/Pacific/Sac Polo) each scoring in close to build a 5-4 lead at halftime.
Team USA kept up the attack in the third period, holding a two goal lead to start the period and to finish it. Jackson Kimbell (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/) scored with just 26 seconds left to build an 8-6 lead going to the fourth.
The United States blew the game open in the fourth, scoring three straight goals while keeping Canada scoreless. Bret Bonanni (Huntington Beach, CA/Stanford/Stanford) scored on a power play, John Mann (Newport Beach, CA/California/NYAC) hit on a counter attack, and Samuels finished things off with his second goal to provide the 11-6 final.
The fourth Bruin on Team USA is defender Chris Wendt.
The United States went 6-for-8 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty shot while Canada was 2-for-11 on power plays and 1-for-1 on penalty shots.
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Canada vs. USA