DRESDEN, Germany – Junior Cadiz (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored a goal and recorded an assist to help the U.S. National Inline Team defeat Slovakia, 4-1, and clinch first place in Group A here today at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine World Championship.
"We played well and patient today considering Slovakia played a very tight defensive box in their own zone," said Joe Cook, head coach of the U.S. National Inline Team. "We outshot them and their goalie kept them in the game. It will be good to have a day off tomorrow as we move into the quarterfinals on Thursday."
For the third time in as many games, Team USA opened the scoring with an early first period goal. Dakota Eveland (Anaheim, Calif.) tallied at 2:13 by firing a wrist shot past Vladimir Neumann. The teams traded scoring chances the rest of the frame, including two posts hit by the U.S., but Team USA held the one-goal advantage.
The United States capitalized on two power-play opportunities in the second stanza. At the 3:23 mark, Matt White (Whittier, Calif.) doubled the U.S. lead. Kyle Novak (O'Fallon, Mo.) ripped a shot on net from the high slot that hit the crossbar and caromed toward the right faceoff circle. White skated in and swatted the puck out of mid-air and into the net for the score. Rob Alexander (Mission Viejo, Calif.) then gave Team USA a 3-0 advantage at 5:18. From at the half-boards, Novak sent the puck to Travis Noe (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) in the high slot. Noe found Alexander standing on the goal line, who tucked the puck inside the far post for the tally.
Slovakia scored its only goal of the day at 6:09 of the third period on a power play.
At 1:19 of the fourth period, Cadiz collected the puck in the right corner and skated into the slot, using body position to fight off a Slovakian defender. Cadiz pulled the puck onto his forehand and flicked it between Neumann's legs for the score.
Jerry Kuhn III (Southgate, Mich.) made 19 stops for Team USA in the win, while Neumann turned aside 36 shots for Slovakia.
Team USA will now play at 12:30 p.m. EDT Thursday (June 6) in semifinal action against the fourth-place team from Group B.
NOTES: Junior Cadiz was named Team USA's player of the game ... Travis Noe leads the tournament in each offensive category with four goals, five assists and nine points ... 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
SVK 0 0 1 0 1
USA 1 2 0 1 4
First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Eveland (Cadiz, Arcibal), 2:13. Penalties: None.
Second Period - Scoring: 2, USA, White (Novak, Noe), 3:23 (pp); 3, USA, Alexander (Noe, Novak), 3:18 (pp). Penalties: SVK, Prokop (hooking), 2:00; SVK, Novak (hooking), 4:51; SVK, Mrazik (hooking), 6:51.
Third Period - Scoring: 4, SVK, Haring (Novak, Prokop), 6:09 (pp). Penalties: SVK, Ertel (cross--checking), 2:47; USA, Arcibal (high-sticking), 5:52; USA, Kettler (slashing), 9:24.
Fourth Period - Scoring: 5, USA, Cadiz, 1:19. Penalties: SVK, Novajovsky (high-sticking), 5:26; USA, Yoder (hooking), 9:28.
Shots by Period 1 2 3 4 Total
SVK 5 3 9 3 20
USA 12 15 6 7 40
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 4 Total
SVK, Neumann, 48:00 12/11 15/13 6/6 7/6 40/36
USA, Kuhn, 48:00 5/5 3/3 9/8 3/3 20/19
Power Play: SVK 1-3; USA 2-5
Penalties: SVK 5-7.5; USA 3-4.5
For the last 15 years, Ian Walsh has crisscrossed the United States as an NHL official. In this Part 2 of our conversation with Walsh, the 42-year-old Philadelphia native fielded a series of questions discussing life on the road, his conditioning schedule, mentors, on-ice struggles, the evolution of the game and advice for aspiring officials.
USA Hockey: How do you think you've been able to maintain all of the officiating success you've had over the last 15 years?
Ian Walsh: I believe one of my strengths as an official is my work ethic. I come to the rink every night ready to work hard and give 100 percent. I also believe I am very coachable, and when I'm offered a suggestion for improvement, I try very hard to implement that advice into my game.
USAH: What is your conditioning schedule like during the NHL season? How about during the off-season?
Walsh: During the season, conditioning work is more about maintaining what you built up over the summer. The workouts aren't as intense but you must continue to take good care of your body. Game-day workouts usually include a 30-minute bike ride or a couple miles run at the hotel gym. I also like to do some core work and light strength training on top of that.
The weather in Portland is amazing in the summer, and I prefer to be outside and on my road bike. I usually get in about four days a week of riding outdoors to help build my endurance and strength. I try to play hockey a few days a week as well to help work on my skating.
USAH: When did you realize you finally had cemented your career as an official? What was that feeling like?
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.
USAH: What has been your biggest accomplishment to date as an official?
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.
USAH: What has been the biggest hurdle/obstacle you've had to overcome in your officiating career?
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.
USAH: Who has had the most impact on your officiating career over the past 15 years? What has that person or those people taught you?
Walsh: Nobody has helped me more over my NHL career than fellow referee Paul Devorski. I've worked a lot of games with Paul and we’ve had the opportunity to travel together on the road. As an elite, veteran referee, he has been able to pass down some of his knowledge to me to help me become a better official. Paul is retiring this year, and our staff will sorely miss him.
USAH: How has the game changed, besides speed, since you started in the early 2000s?
Walsh: I would say the biggest change besides the speed of the game would be the use of technology. It is amazing what you see at rink – teams have iPads on the bench, super slo-motion video replays, hi-def video scoreboards, etc. With all that technology, it makes the officials job appear easy. People forget that the official on the ice sees a play one time, in real time, and must make a split-second decision on that play. It often appears quite different when you see a replay in super slo-mo on hi-def after a game.
USAH: What advice can you give aspiring NHL/professional league officials as they progress in their career?
Walsh: I would say make sure you have a backup plan. Making it to the NHL is everyone’s goal, but there are very few jobs available. There are so many factors that go into hiring an official and a lot of those are out of your control. Go and work the highest level available to you. Don't worry about other officials, if you are good enough, the NHL will find you. Also, control what you can control – always work on your skating, know your rules and come to the rink every night with a strong work ethic and a great attitude.