USA U21 Men’s New Zealand Tour
Auckland, New Zealand
August 13, 2012
USA U-21 Men – Match Report
By Mike Whitehead – Manager
USA vs. North Harbor Select
Match Time: 8:15 pm
The USA U21’s arrived in Auckland on Saturday, August 11th, early in the morning after a long twelve-hour flight for Los Angeles. Coach Clements plan was to keep the team up all day so they could acclimate to the local time, which they all did very well with an
The U21’s had two training sessions prior to their first match at the North Harbor Hockey club just outside of Auckland in the city of Albany.
The first match for the U21’s would be against the North Harbor Select side, made up of a few National Hockey League players (NHL) and five of the NZL JNT team players.
The first half of the match was a good test for the U21’s; the North Harbor select side played with good intensity which the U21’s matched play from the beginning. The U21’s were first to score in the 20th minute by a nice pass from Tyler Sundeen from the right side finding Christian Linney for a FG making the score 1-0. Which was the only goal for the half.
With the second half under way, the NH Select scored in the 41st minute off a PC making the score 1-1. In the 45th minute, the U21’s put another FG on the board by another nice play down the right side from Tyler Sundeen, to Rutger Pruijs finding Ranjot Sangha on in the circle making the score 2 -1. The NH Select equalized the match with a FG in the 50th minute, making it 2 – 2. The U21’s weren’t finished and continued to keep pressure on the NH Select to force a number of turnovers. In the 54th minute, Johnny Orozco played a nice ball into the right attacking 25 to Rutger Pruijs playing the ball down the base line, passing to JaJa Kentwell making the score 3 – 2 USA. The U21’s force a PC in the 59th minute, which resulted in a rebound shot by Ranveer Kundi hitting the NH Select defenseman off the body for a PS. Johnny Orozco scored the 4th goal for the U21’s making the score 4 -2. With time running out, the U21’s came away victorious, final score 4 – 2.
Next match for the U21’s is against the NH NHL squad, the premier level in New Zealand, on August 14th, at 19:15. This will be a much tougher match for the U21’s and a great test as they prepare for the Junior Pan Americans in September.