DRESDEN, Germany – Travis Noe(Thousand Oaks, Calif.) scored a goal and recorded three assists to help the U.S. National Inline Team defeat Germany, 7-4, in quarterfinal action here today at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine World Championship.
"We faced a young tough German team today who played well," said Joe Cook, head coach of the U.S. National Inline Team. "I was glad to see our team character come out in the second half to secure the win, we really stepped up our game when we needed to most."
Team USA trailed for the first time in the tournament when Germany struck first at 2:35 of the opening period. The U.S. pulled even quickly, as Kyle Novak (O'Fallon, Mo.) scored at 4:14 on the power play. Just 1:14 later, Dakota Eveland (Anaheim, Calif.) gave Team USA the lead with a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle that beat Maximillian Englebrecht high over his glove. Matt White (Whittier, Calif.) finished a nifty individual effort at 6:02 to put the U.S. up 3-1.
Germany notched the only two goals of the second stanza, capitalizing on the power play at 4:54 and burying a breakaway at 9:28 to tie the game entering halftime.
Cody Kettler (St. Louis, Mo.) put the U.S. back in the lead at 2:39 of the third frame. Noe skated up the right boards and found Kettler trailing in the high slot for a one-time blast into the net. Rob Alexander (Mission Viejo, Calif.) extended the lead to 5-3 just 35 seconds later. Taking a pass from Noe deep in the U.S. end, Alexander skated the length of the ice, deked around two German defenders and fired the puck into the top corner.
Noe scored 21 seconds into the final frame, skating the puck down from the left point and lifting a wrist shot into the far corner while falling down. Rafael Rodriguez (Oceanside, Calif.) secured the win with a goal at 1:42. Germany scored a late power-play goal to conclude the scoring.
Nick Maricic (Alta Loma, Calif.) made 12 stops for Team USA in the win, while Englebrecht turned aside 18 shots for Germany.
Team USA will next play Friday (June 7) in semifinal action.
NOTES: Rob Alexander 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.
Scoring By Period
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
GER 1 2 0 1 4
USA 3 0 2 2 7
First Period - Scoring: 1, GER, Seifert (Brazda, Holzmann), 2:35; 2, USA, Novac (Alexander, Noe), 4:14 (pp); 3, USA, Eveland (Cadiz), 5:28; 4, USA, White (unassisted), 6:40. Penalties: GER, Engel (hooking), 3:07; GER, Daschner (boarding), 6:40; USA, Team (too many men), 8:14; GER, Daschner (hooking), 9:03.
Second Period - Scoring: 5, GER, Seifert (Wichert, Holzmann), 4:54 (pp); 6, GER, Brazda (Wichert), 9:28. Penalties: USA, Kettler (interference), 4:21.
Third Period - Scoring: 7, USA, Kettler (Noe), 2:39; 8, USA, Alexander (Noe), 3:14. Penalties: USA, Rodriguez (roughing), 4:27; GER, Brazda (roughing), 4:27; USA, Noe (tripping).
Fourth Period - Scoring: 9, USA, Noe (Alexander), 0:21. 10, Rodriguez, (Cannone, Cadiz), 1:42 (pp); 11, GER, Sekesi (Duck), 11:31 (pp). Penalties: GER, Holzmann (interference), 1:22; GER, Buzas (elbowing), 5:09; GER, Daschner (slashing), 5:45; USA, Thompson (tripping), 10:40.
Shots by Period 1 2 3 4 Total
GER 3 5 3 5 16
USA 9 4 6 6 25
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 4 Total
GER, Englebrecht, 48:00 9/6 4/4 6/4 6/4 25/18
USA, Maricic, 48:00 3/2 5/3 3/3 5/4 16/12
Power Play: GER 2-4; USA 2-6
Penalties: GER, 7-10.5; USA 5-7.5