Despite a very strong England comeback in the second half, USA was able to hang on and secure the 11-8 victory to take home their fifth consecutive Bronze Medal at the WILC. England finishes in fourth place.
USA was able to get into their usual rhythm very early on, working the ball around the outside like clockwork, getting quality shots, and converting on what seemed like every possession. However, they really had to hold onto their lead in the second half, warding off a very impressive effort from England on both ends of the floor.
Cody Radziewicz got USA on the board first, followed by Matt Marsh tying things up at one for England. USA was able score two more goals in the first with Anthony Kelly and Joe Resetarits each finding the back of the net, making it a 3-1 USA lead heading into the second quarter.
While the first quarter saw USA get going, they really pulled away in the second quarter as they scored seven unanswered goals, pushing their run to nine consecutive goals. England simply had no answer as the USA offense ramp up their production, outshooting England 21-5 in the second quarter alone, and saw Trevor Baptiste get them the ball back after almost every goal with his success at the faceoff dot.
After a lackluster first half, England stepped up and improved in nearly every facet of the game in the second half. They were able to get to the inside on offense, make some noise in transition, and the play of Frank Scigliano in net was almost one-hundred precent better.
Tyson Roe got England on the board in the opening minute of the third and Nate Clare followed with a goal just a few minutes later to get England their third goal of the game. Connor Kelly finally got the USA offense going late in the quarter with their first goal of the second half, but England was able to answer with a Caleb Kueber goal late in the third.
England scored four consecutive goals to start the fourth, including a power-play goal from Matt Marsh early in the fourth, to help them continue their impressive run and trim the USA lead to 11-8. USA was able to hold on as their defense stood stout in the final minutes of the game to secure the victory.