Australia got off to a strong start leading 2-1 after the first eight minutes and 4-1 at halftime. Team USA battled back in the third quarter outscoring Australia 4-2 to draw within one at 6-5 going to the fourth. The United States tied the match at 6-6 early in the fourth setting off back and forth scoring for the remainder of the contest.
Aaron Younger was the star for Australia. After Team USA tied the game at 7-7, Australia went ahead 8-7 and then Younger scored one of his five goals on the day to make it 9-7 with 1:23 to play. A late goal from Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/Stanford) would not be enough to bring Team USA all the way back.
Power plays told the story of the match with the United States going 0/9 and Australia converting on 8/11 opportunities.
USA 9 (1, 0, 4, 4) T. Azevedo 3, B. Bonanni 3, J. Samuels 2, A. Bowen 1
AUS 10 (2, 2, 2, 4)
Saves – USA – M. Moses 10
6×5 – USA – 0/9 – AUS – 8/11
Serbia took control of this match early on opening up a 6-3 lead after the first period and a 9-3 advantage at halftime. The number two ranked team in the world put the match away in the third quarter outscoring Team USA 3-1 to take a commanding 12-4 lead headed to the fourth. The United States got their offense back on track posting three goals in the final eight minutes but the damage had already been done as Serbia cruised to a 13-7 win.
USA 7 (3, 0, 1, 3) A. Bowen 2, B. Bonanni 2, A. Roelse 1, T. Azevedo 1, J. Samuels 1
SRB 13 (6, 3, 3, 1)