This team must be commended on the heart they showed after losing 3-2 to the eventual Champions in the quarter-finals. They could've rolled over and died. But they showed guts and determination. The boys put in a wonderful performance and finished in fifth place besting the tenth place finish in 2017. This is also the best showing since 2005 when Italy won Bronze.
In their first seeding game the Italians faced the United States. The boys started slow and headed to the first intermission down 2-0. In the second the boys came to play and the powerplay was clicking. Daniel Ponce, Daniel Setacci and Frankie Giustini would send the boys to the break with a 3-2 lead. Giustini would get his second of the game early in the third however the Americans would fight back and tie the game 4-4. This game needed an extra period and it was Daniel Tedesco with a sneaky goal at 3:26 and the Italians were off to the 5v6 game on Saturday. Anthony Flores would get the win in goal.
Man Of The Match: Daniel Setacci
The boys got to wear the blue and white for one final time at the World Championships and the boys put in a spirited effort. The Swiss were looking to avenge and earlier defeat at the hands of the Italians and they came out flying scoring the first goal of the game. Markus Rocci was solid in goal keeping the boys in it. The game would remain the same until the third when the Azzurri finally tied the game. And you guessed it OT was needed again and Ponce would score two minutes in and the boys would celebrate!
Man Of The Match: Massimo Principe
At this time we would like to congratulate General Manager Anthony Contento for spearheading this venture to Kosice. It was a total team effort. His support staff Mike Iustini, Mike Verrelli, Jack Caruso, Vito Lagani, Daniela Voce and Dr. Daniel Corolla, thank you for your time and dedication.
To our sponsors. Thank you kindly for supporting these young men and our Federation.
Motorino Enoteca Restaurant
Musto Development Urbain
My Blue Umbrella
Sherwood Mortgage Group
The Lending Nest
To the players we were so close in our loss to the World Champs Slovakia. By far one of the most talented squads ever assembled representing Italia. Your passion, determination and heart was evident. Be proud of your accomplishments! You have made our Federation and heritage proud!
Matthew De Persiis
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