Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Clendening, Nieto goals send U18s to gold-medal game

2010 recruits Adam Clendening and Matt Nieto (photo) each scored a second-period goal and Nieto added an assist as Team USA blanked Finland, 5-0, in the semifinal of the World U18 Championships in Belarus.

The victory marked the U.S. team's third shutout in the past four games and its fifth win in six game. USA will have the opportunity to defend the title it won in 2009 in Friday's gold-medal game against Sweden, the only team to beat Team USA in the tournament.

According to the game recap:

Campbell helped his own cause in the second stanza when he poked the puck to Bryan Rust (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), who sent a long pass to a streaking Matthew Nieto (Long Beach, Calif.). Nieto then sped around a defender and flipped a backhanded shot inside the left post to make it 3-0 at 6:19.

Team USA received a four-goal cushion with just one second remaining in the middle period after Shore found a wide-open Adam Clendening (Niagara Falls, N.Y.), who wired a shot into the upper-right corner of the net.

(Video of the team USA goals, with Nieto's at 1:40 of the clip, followed by Clendening's)

Clendening's goal, his third of the tournament, tied him for the team lead in scoring with 9 points and also in plus-minus with +9 for the six games. Nieto's goal was his first of the tournament. He has a 1-3-4 line.

Both Clendening and Nieto were members of the 2009 U.S. that took the U18 title in Fargo.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Nieto was phenomenal in that match, he should have been named as the MVP of the game seriously, I do not know why he was not

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