Hockey Falls to the U.S. Under-18 Team, 4-1
Feb. 15, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - Nate Raduns scored a goal and assisted on two others to lead the United States Under-18 Team to a 4-1 exhibition victory over the University of Massachusetts tonight at the William D. Mullins Center.
The U.S. had a strong first period, out-shooting the Minutemen 16-9 and skatingto a 1-0 lead. Defenseman Ryan Suter scored his first goal with the U.S. Under-18 Team at the 8:25 mark of the first period with Raduns assisting.
Raduns made it a two-goal advantage for the U.S. 13:54 into the second period with his unassisted, power-play goal. U.S. defenseman Mark Stuart scored the third goal with under two minutes remaining in the second period when he swept in a back-hander off of a rebound from a Ray Ortiz shot.
Massachusetts cut the U.S. lead to 3-1, scoring its only goal of the game with 11 seconds remaining in the second. Senior captain Toni Söderholm (Helsinki, Finland) scored on a wrist shot from the slot. Freshmen Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.) and Craig MacDonald (Canton, Mass.) assisted on the goal.
Ortiz scored off a feed from Raduns 2:41 into the third period to make the final score to 4-1 in favor of the U.S.
Freshman goaltender Tim Warner (Waltham, Mass.) made 30 saves for the Minutemen, while James Howard made 28 saves for the U.S. The victory improves the U.S. to 21-15-4 on the season and to 6-8-3 against collegiate opponents. The game does not count in the standings for Massachusetts. It is considered an exhibition game.
Massachusetts returns to regular season action on Friday, Feb. 22, when the Minutemen travel to Hockey East rival Maine for a 7:00 p.m. game at Alfond Arena. The two teams also play on Saturday night, Feb. 23.
U.S. Under-18 Team 1-2-1 -- 4
Massachusetts 0-1-0 -- 1
SCORING - FIRST PERIOD: 1. USA, Ryan Suter (Nate Raduns) 8:25. SECOND PERIOD: 2. USA, Raduns 6 (unassisted) PPG 13:41. 3. USA, Mark Stuart 4 (Ray Ortiz) 18:17. 4. UM, Toni Söderholm (Greg Mauldin, Craig MacDonald) 19:49. THIRD PERIOD: 5. USA, Ortiz 7 (Raduns) 2:41.
SHOTS - USA, 34 (16-11-7), UM, 29 (9-11-9). SAVES - USA, James Howard 28 (9-10-9), UM, Tim Warner 30 (15-9-6). PENALTIES - USA, 7 for 14 min., UM, 8 for 16 min. POWER PLAYS - USA, 1 for 4, UM, 0 for 3. ATTENDANCE - 1,208.