KINGSTON, R.I. – February 20, 2009 – Boosted by a goal from a University of Rhode Island player, the U.S. University Select Hockey Team defeated Korea, 5-4, in an overtime opening round game Thursday in Harbin, China.
Devin Sheehan, a junior forward from Binghamton, N.Y. brought the United States to within one goal of the Korean squad when he put one home at 8:06 of the second period during the 2009 Winter World University Games. The period ended with Korea enjoying a 3-2 edge.
In the third period, Rhody’s Kyle Krannich of Randolph, N.J. had an assist on a Team USA goal that tied the score at 3-3.
The final period ended in a 4-4 tie, forcing a 5-minute overtime. Johnny Liang of the University of Illinois scored his second goal of the game to give Team USA the 5-4, sudden-death victory.
North Scituate’s Joe Augustine, skipper of the URI men’s hockey team, is head coach of Team USA. Jon Biliouris, a senior defenseman from North Smithfield, and Dan Lassik, a freshman defenseman from Garnet Valley, Pa. are also representing URI on Team USA. Rhody men’s hockey trio selected for Winter World University Games, Nov. 11, 2008
Team USA is back in action Sunday, Feb. 22 when it faces Slovakia at 6 a.m. Eastern time.