Team USA drubs China in its final match of World University Hockey Tourney
Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862
KINGSTON, R.I. Ė March 4, 2009 Ė Team USA, aided by two scores from a University of Rhode Island representative, defeated China, 10-2, in its final hockey match of the Winter World University Games in Harbin, China. The two teams played Feb. 26.
The U.S. University Select Team finished with a 3-2 record, good for seventh place in the international hockey tournament and its highest finish at the event since returning in 2001 with players from the American Collegiate Hockey Association. The association is the umbrella organization for college club hockey teams in the United States.
URI sophomore forward Kyle Krannich of Randolph, N.J. scored twice in the contest, while URI junior forward Devin Sheehan of Binghamton, N.Y. and Dan Lassik, a URI freshman defenseman from Garnet Valley, Pa., each had assists on two other goals.
URIís Jon Biliouris, a senior defenseman from North Smithfield, rounded out the Rhody player contingent. Only the University of Illinois had more players on Team USA.
Team USAís coach, Joe Augustine, is the Rhody menís hockey teamís skipper. He is a resident of North Scituate.