Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/18/10 at 01:41 PM ET
from Alan Adams at CBC,
Daniel Bellissimo was never drafted by an NHL team. But the Toronto-born goalie who plays for Italy showed how he could handle NHL shooters on Tuesday, at least those from the United States.
Bellissimo held Italy in the game for as long as he could but he slumped over in his crease with fatigue and disappointment when TJ Oshie scored in a sudden-death shootout to give the United States a 3-2 win.
It was last relegation round game for both teams and the odds of the United States being demoted to the world B pool were not good. The Americans had to lose by eight goals to be pushed out of international hockey’s elite division.
As things turned out, the U.S. finished first in the relegation round standings and wound up in 13th place in the 16-team tournament. France was second for 14th place, while Italy and Kazakhstan are headed back to the B pool.
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