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Inline Team Drops Slovakia, 11-4

06/07/2013, 11:45am MDT
By USA Hockey

DRESDEN, Germany – Matt White (Whittier, Calif.) scored three times and nine U.S. players had multiple points as the U.S. National Inline Team defeated Slovakia, 11-4, and advanced to the gold-medal game at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine World Championship here today at Dresden Arena.

Kyle Novak (O'Fallon, Mo.) connected with Cody Kettler (St. Louis, Mo.) to open the scoring for Team USA at 4:00 of the first frame. Novak sent a cross-ice pass to Kettler, who buried a one-timer for the goal. The U.S. then scored three times in the final 1:06 of the period to take a 4-0 lead. Rob Alexander (Mission Viejo, Calif.) scored at 10:54 when he stepped out from behind the Slovakian net and backhanded the puck into the top corner. Junior Cadiz (Los Angeles, Calif.) potted a one-timer from close range at 11:16 and captain Greg Thompson (Bayport, N.Y.) beat the buzzer with a wrap-around goal at 11:59.

Team USA continued it's offensive outburst at :57 of the second period when White collected a loose puck in the high slot and sent the puck over Josef Ondrejka's glove. At 3:12, Thompson deked around a Slovakian defender and found Cadiz for a one-timer to extend the U.S. lead to 6-0. Slovakia tallied at 9:03, but goals by White and Travis Noe (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) at 10:25 and 11:32 put the U.S. up 8-1 at halftime.

Slovakia cut Team USA's lead to 8-4 in the second half, striking at 2:44, 7:55 and 8:32 of the third period.

In the final frame, Noe notched his second goal of the game at the 2:31 mark after toe-dragging around a defender and sending a snap shot high into the net. Pat Cannone (Bayport, N.Y.) and White scored a pair of power-play goals to cap the scoring. Cannone tallied at 7:21 and White completed his hat trick at 8:08 to secure the 11-4 win for Team USA.

Jerry Kuhn II (Southgate, Mich.) made 15 stops for Team USA in the win, while Ondrejka turned aside seven shots and Vladimir Neumann had 10 saves for Slovakia.

Team USA play tomorrow (June 8) in the gold-medal game against Sweden at 1 p.m. EDT. Live streaming will be available for free online at IIHF.com.

NOTES: Greg Thompson, captain of the U.S., 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 16 year history of the IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship, the United States has won five gold medals (1996, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2010), four silver medals (1998, 2001, 2009, 2011) and three bronze medals (2000, 2003, 2005). There was no tournament held in 1999.
GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

Team    1    2    3    4    Total
SVK    0    1    3    0    4
USA    4    4    0    3    11
 
First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Kettler (Novak), 4:00; 2, USA, Alexander (Novak, Noe), 10:54; 3, USA, Cadiz (Thompson, Arcibal), 11:16; 4, USA, Thompson (Cadiz, Arcibal), 11:59. Penalties: USA, Kettler (hooking), 7:56.
Second Period - Scoring: 5, USA, White (Yoder), 0:57; 6, USA, Cadiz (Thompson, Arcibal), 3:12; 7, SVK, Jasko, 9:03; 8, USA, White (Rodriguez), 10:35; 9, USA, Noe (Kettler), 11:32. Penalties: None.
Third Period - Scoring: 10, SVK, Preisinger, 2:44; 11, SVK, Siller, 7:55; 12, SVK, Novajovsky (Szabo), 8:35. Penalties: SVK, Haring (tripping), 10:19.
Fourth Period - Scoring: 13, USA, Noe (Alexander); 2:31; 14, USA, Cannone (Cadiz), 7:21 (pp); 15, USA, White (Novak, Yoder), 9:08 (pp). Penalties: SVK, Ertel (high-sticking), 2:43; SVK, Jurik (hooking), 5:41; SVK, Jurik (roughing), 5:41; USA, Alexander (high-sticking); 5:41; USA, Alexander (roughing); 5:41; SVK; Ertel (high-sticking); 6:44; SVK, Novajovsky (tripping), 8:12; USA, Kettler (slashing), 9:57.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 4  Total
SVK    7    2    5    5    19
USA    7    8    8    5    28
                          
Goaltenders (SH/SV)    1    2    3    4    Total
SVK, Ondrejka, 24:00    7/3    8/4    --    --    15/7
SVK, Neumann, 24:00    --    --    8/8    5/2    13/10
USA, Kuhn, 48:00    7/7    2/1    5/2    5/5    19/15

Power Play: SVK 0-2; USA 2-4
Penalties: SVK, 6-9; USA 4-6

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Walsh: I don't know if you ever get that feeling. Every night is a different challenge in our league. It is a hard, hard league to officiate. The scrutiny of every call, every goal, ever non-call is such a challenge for all of us. The best players and coaches in the world expect us to perform at such a high level every night, and we have to be ready for anything that comes our way. It’s a privilege to be on the ice in the NHL, and I think that is something no official takes for granted.

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Walsh: Being chosen to participate in four Stanley Cup playoffs is what I'm most proud of. It’s an incredible honor to be selected and that’s the goal for every official each year. Also, being part of the team that was chosen to represent the NHL at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics was a phenomenal experience and a great opportunity.

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Walsh: I’ve been lucky so far, knock on wood, that I haven’t had any serious injuries. Other than some bumps and bruises, I’ve been relatively injury-free in my career. The biggest challenge is to be able to bounce back from calls you made that aren't correct. In this day and age, we usually know within minutes after the game if we made a wrong decision. When you make a call that impacts the game, it’s hard on the mind. Unfortunately, we make mistakes and what most people don't understand is that nobody takes it harder than the official making that mistake. Being able to bounce back from a mistake is something all officials must learn to do.

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