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