|Goaltender Ben Bishop looks on after the IIHF World Championship group H match between Latvia and USA at Hartwall Areena on May 5, 2013 in Helsinki, Finland.|
While the Stanley Cup playoffs continue in North America, players from 10 NHL teams that did not to make the playoffs, as well as available minor leaguers, have the United States off to a 2-0 start in the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.
The United States defeated Austria, 5-3, Saturday and Latvia, 4-1, Sunday. The U.S. team will face Russia Tuesday.
Goalie Ben Bishop stopped two breakaways and the United States converted two power-play goals Sunday in the win over Latvia.
Latvia scored first, a second before a power play ended early in the second period. Then Tim Stapleton tied the game and David Moss put the United States in front in the next 3:10. Bobby Butler and Matt Hunwick added third-period goals.
Erik Johnson, a 2010 U.S. Olympian, scored twice to lead a comeback in the win over Austria, which took a 2-0 lead in the first 5:38.
The 23-player U.S. roster includes 21 players who played U.S. college hockey and nine products of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program.
The tournament continues through May 19 in Helsinki and Stockholm, Sweden, where the finals will be held.
Mariel Zagunis, Ibtihaj Muhammad and Eliza Stone combined to lead the United States past Hungary, 45-38, for the women’s team gold medal at the Absolute Fencing Gear Korfanty World Cup saber competition in Chicago.
Olympian Dagmara Wozniak contributed to the title by helping in the earlier rounds.
Zagunis, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who is ranked second in the world, also reached the quarterfinals as an individual before being eliminated.
The Korfanty is the only World Cup event held in the United States this year.
Elsewhere, Gerek Meinhardt earned a silver medal at the men’s foil Grand Prix in Tokyo. Soren Thompson finished seventh in the men’s epée World Cup in Paris.
Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson won their first FIVB Beach Volleyball Tournament together, beating Brazil’s Pedro Salgado and Bruno Schmidt, 21-16, 9-21, 21-9, in the Shanghai Grand Slam final Saturday.
“It was very windy so it was very had to do anything: serve, side out, pass, set, so it was pretty much a survival match,” Patterson said in a news release. “Whoever can survive is going to win.
“It’s a match of big runs and we ended up getting the last big run.”
April Ross and Jennifer Kessy, the 2012 Olympic silver medalists, were eliminated in the women’s second round.
TRACK AND FIELD
Tyson Gay posted the best men’s 100-meter dash time of the year with a win in 9.86 seconds Saturday at the Jamaica International Invitational.
Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown won the 100 in 11.01 seconds, while American Allyson Felix was clocked at 11.13 for fifth place. Jamaica’s Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce won the 200 (22.38) and the top American finisher in that race was Bianca Knight in sixth (23.27).
Another Jamaican, Nickel Ashmeade, won the men’s 200 in 20.00 seconds, and American Wallace Spearman was third (20.32).
In the women’s 100 hurdles, Dawn Harper won in 12.62 seconds, followed by Queen Harrison at 12.64. Antwon Hicks won the men’s 110 hurdles.
Ryan Whiting won the men’s shot put at 21.74 meters. Will Claye finished runner up to Jamaica’s Nicholas Gordon in the long jump.
Meanwhile, in Tokyo, Mike Rodgers of the United States won the men's 100 meters on Sunday at the Golden Grand Prix. Rodgers ran 10.19 seconds to finish ahead of Derrick Atkins of the Bahamas, who posted a 10.24.
Trying to recover from a fractured foot last year, he failed to make the London Olympic team by 0.01 seconds.
Michael Hixon finished a career-best fifth in the men’s 3-meter final Sunday for the top U.S. finish at the FINA Grand Prix in Gatineau, Quebec.
Meghan Houston and Laura Ryan placed sixth in the women’s synchronized 3-meter final.
Samantha Pickens was fourth in the women’s 3-meter Saturday. Laura Ryan and Murphy Bromberg competed together in the 10-meter synchronized event for the first time and placed fifth.
Hixon also teamed with Darian Schmidt for the first time to place seventh in the men’s 3-meter synchronized event.
GYMNASTICS: The U.S. team for trampoline and tumbling for the 2013 World Games was announced following the U.S. Elite Challenge in Frisco, Texas. The World Games are July 25-Aug. 4 in Cali, Colombia.
The U.S. men for the event will be: Kalon Ludvigson, tumbling; Alex Renkert and Austin White, double mini trampoline; and Logan Dooley and Neil Gulati, synchronized trampoline. The women are: Yuliya Brown, tumbling; Kristle Lowell, double mini-trampoline; Charlotte Drury and Shaylee Dunavin, and Dakota Earnest and Savannah Vinsant in synchronized trampoline.
Elsewhere, Akash Modi and Marvin Kimble won the Level 10 Junior Elite all-around titles at the Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships in Portland, Ore.
TAEKWONDO: Paige McPherson, a 2012 Olympian, earned the women’s welterweight gold medal at the Spanish Open in Alicante. McPherson earned one of the four medals the United States produced in its first event under new coach Patrick Remarck. Giuliana Gil took silver in women’s finweight. Logan Gerick (finweight) and Jason Neville (middleweight) earned men’s bronze medals.
JUDO: Nick Delpopolo went 2-2 and finished fifth in the 73-kg weight class at the IJF Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan.
CYCLING: Ally Stacher finished 24th in the women’s time trial at the Pan Am Continental Road Championships in Zacatecas, Mexico. Elsewhere, Kaitlin Antonneau (Marian University) won the Division I women’s road race on the way to her third straight ominum national title Sunday when the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships concluded in Ogden, Utah. Adam Leibovitz, Antonneau’s teammate, won the Division I men’s title while helping Marian to the team title.
CURLING: Chris Plys, a 2010 Olympian, was the skip for the winning men’s team and Cory Christensen was the skip for the winning women’s team Saturday at the USA Curling Winter World University Games Trials in Blaine, Minn.
WEIGHTLIFTING: The Junior World Championships, which began Friday in Lima, Peru, will continue through May 11.
Story courtesy of Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org. Material from various news services and press releases from National Governing Bodies was used to compile this report. This story was not subject to the approval of any National Governing Bodies.