While the players and coaches have all returned home to their respective ACHA teams, I thought I would give some final thoughts on the 2011 Winter World University Games.
The U.S. Men’s National University Team finished the tournament in sixth place with a 3-0-0-3 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record. Previously, Team USA’s highest finish was seventh place at the 2009 Winter World University Games, in Harbin, China. In past performances, the U.S. has finished seventh (2009), eighth (2001, 2007), ninth (2005) and eleventh (2003).
Meanwhile, the U.S. Women’s National University Team finished the tournament in fourth place with a 2-0-0-5 record. Team USA’s fourth-place finish is tops among all U.S. National University Teams. The 2011 Winter World University Games marked the first time the U.S. sent a women’s team after women’s ice hockey was added to the tournament in 2009.
MEN’S TEAM NOTES:
Michael Macari led Team USA at the tournament with seven points (3-4) through six games. Alan Dionne ranked second with six points (4-2) and Tim O’Brien ranked third with five (4-1) … Dionne ranked second among tournament defensemen in total points and tied for first in scoring among d-men … Bob Collar ranked 6th in faceoff percentage with 67.24, while Kevin Kranker ranked 10th with 63.64 … The U.S. led the tournament with three shorthanded goals.
WOMEN’S TEAM NOTES:
Justine Ducie led Team USA at the tournament with seven points (1-6) through seven games, while Megan Winters (3-3) and Ashley Rumsey (2-4) ranked second with six points each. Winters and Shea Crawford led the U.S. in goals with three each … Winters finished 5th among tournament defensemen in total points, while Crawford ranked 7th … Ducie ranked 10th overall in assists … Ramey Weaver finished the tournament 8th in faceoff percentage with 60.58.
**The Player Blogs tab at the top^ has been updated with Steve Balint’s final thoughts on the competition in Turkey.
You can relive all of the USA Hockey coverage and check out player features on the 2011 Winter World University Games homepage at http://bit.ly/USAHwug.
All of Team USA’s games will be broadcast at a later date on FOX College Sports. Check back to USAHockey.com at the end of the month to see the dates and times when the games will be aired.
Hope you enjoyed the coverage. See you in 2013!!