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U.S. Inline Team Downs Slovakia, 4-1

06/04/2013, 12:00pm MDT
By USA Hockey

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.

GAME SUMMARY
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

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According to NHL metrics, the average hockey shift lasts somewhere between 45 and 55 seconds. There’s inherent beauty and fluidity to line changes, as skaters come on and off the ice, looking to recharge after going full throttle for their teams.

Meanwhile, your NHL officiating peers are giving their all, too – regularly logging 4-5 miles a game. Those totals are even greater at your level, where you and your colleagues officiate multiple games a day, several times per week, on a seemingly never-ending calendar.

And, although we want to perform our best every game, everyone has both good days and bad – players and officials alike. To learn more about keeping burnout at bay, we went to the experts: longtime amateur hockey scheduler Larry Carrington and former NHL official Mark Faucette.

“There is so much more to officiating than meets the eye,” said Faucette, a 17-year NHL veteran. “It may look easy from the stands, but to maintain total control of a game along with the stress, slumps, supervisors, travel, and fitness regimen takes a very special kind of person.”

Get in shape (and stay there)
We all think we’re in “pretty good” shape, but the reality is, officials must be top athletes and in great condition – even at the youngest levels.

“Conditioning is very important—the deeper into the season, the more important it is,” Carrington said. “Burnout happens physically, mentally, and emotionally. An official who is in good condition will experience less physical burnout, and that will in turn help with the emotional and mental burnout.”

Faucette stresses following a workout routine that maxes yourself at least every other day. Neither player or official should plan to use games as a vehicle toward better physical fitness.

“Where we used to go to camp to get into shape, officials today are on summer conditioning regimens and are tested as soon as they come to camp,” he said. “Taking care of your body is a total focus for the good official.

“The players are so much stronger and faster now, so it’s imperative the officials keep the same pace.”

Find balance
No, not balance on your skates (that’s a given). Rather, make sure to keep the big picture in mind, to work a manageable schedule that includes everything that’s important to you – family, friends, and time away from the rink.

Although it makes Carrington’s job as an assignor more difficult, he said it pays off in the long run.

“I encourage officials to take at least one weekend off to get away from hockey,” he said. “I certainly don't want to lose their services for a week, but the invigoration that it usually provides makes them a much more valuable asset over the course of the season.”

That’s huge in an industry where both mental and physical fatigue are commonplace.

“Every official runs into slumps, just as players do,” Faucette said. “You spend numerous hours alone as an official, and when things are not going good, where everything is negative, it can cause you duress.

“Positive thoughts and self-evaluations speed up recovery,” he continued. “So, instead of telling yourself, ‘I wonder what bad thing will happen tonight?’ say ‘I’m ready for anything – bring it on!’”

Have fun
It’s No. 3 here, but should be No. 1 on your to-do list.

“I realize the officials are all trying hard, and mistakes are part of any sport by any participant,” said Faucette, who currently serves as supervisor of officials for USA Hockey, the NAHL director of player safety and the SPHL director of officiating. “That being said, the joy I get out of seeing a young official start out at ground level and making the big time one day is immeasurable.”

For most of you reading this, the “big time” might not be the end goal (and that’s OK). But wherever you are, there’s experience you’ve gained, as well as that to come – which both point back to why you first got involved in this great sport.

As an assignor, Carrington tries to get out of the office as much as he can and intentionally varies the schedules of his officials to help keep things fresh. He also encourages his more senior officials to lend a hand to those who aren’t as long in the tooth.

“Going to the rink and helping officials help themselves get better can be very invigorating,” he said. “Even a very good, very experienced official will often find it fun and relaxing to mentor some new official at a lower-level game where the stress levels aren’t nearly as high.”

But no matter where you officiate, Carrington emphasizes keeping one thing in mind: the love of the sport and those playing it today.

“If you’re not having fun, you shouldn’t be out there.”

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