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Inline Team Claims Gold Medal

06/08/2013, 11:45am MDT
By USA Hockey

DRESDEN, Germany – Travis Noe(Thousand Oaks, Calif.) scored three times and added an assist to help the U.S. National Inline Team defeat Sweden, 6-3, in the gold-medal game at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine World Championship here today at Dresden Arena. Jerry Kuhn III (Southgate, Mich.) made 28 saves in the victory to help the United States become the first team to win the tournament six times.
 
 
Team USA took a 1-0 lead in the opening period on an early goal by Nielsson Arcibal (Carlsbad, Calif.) at 1:37. He beat Swedish goaltender Andreas Ollikainen to the glove side on a shot from the slot.

After falling behind 2-1 after two periods, the U.S. battled back and tied the game on a power play goal by Noe at :51 of the third period on a backhand shot from the face-off circle. Team USA regained the lead, 3-2, on a power play goal by Rob Alexander (Mission Viejo, Calif.) at 7:30.
 
Noe scored his second goal of the game off a pass from Kyle Novak (O'Fallon, Mo.) at 2:07 of the fourth period. Sweden closed the gap to 4-3, but Pat Cannone (Bayport, N.Y.) picked up a rebound and tucked it home eight seconds later to make it 5-3 at 3:53. At 6:12 of the frame, Noe completed his hat trick, scoring on a breakaway that beat the opposing Swedish netminder (name of goalie) between his legs.
 
Nine U.S. players had at least one point in the victory.

 
NOTES: Travis Noe (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Goaltender Nick Maricic is an alumnus of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program (2006-08) and won the 2013 NCAA Men's Frozen Four as a member of Yale University ... Joe Cook (Mission Viejo, Calif.), a former U.S. National Inline Team member, is serving as head coach of the U.S. National Inline Team for the fourth time ... In the 17 year history of the IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship, the United States has won six gold medals (1996, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2013), four silver medals (1998, 2001, 2009, 2011) and three bronze medals (2000, 2003, 2005). There was no tournament held in 1999.

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