PIESTANY, Slovakia -- The U.S. Under-18 Select Team lost to Canada, 4-0, in the championship game at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament today.
"Canada was the better team tonight," said head coach Bob Corkum. "They came out with more energy than we did and we just didn't get it done. The guys gave it everything they had, but give credit to Canada. Everybody worked incredibly hard and bought into the systems this week. We overcame a ton of adversity in every game, but we just ran out of gas."
Canada was able to build a 2-0 lead after two periods on goals at 3:58 of the first and 11:23 of the second.
The Canadians increased their lead to 4-0 late in the final stanza after a power-play goal at 12:29 and an even-strength tally two minutes later.
U.S. goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (Parma, Ohio) made 26 stops in the contest. Forward Nick Schmaltz (Verona, Wis.) finished the tournament with five goals and eight points to lead all Americans in scoring.
The runner-up performance marks the eighth time that Team USA has earned second-place honors in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
NOTES:Austin Poganski (St. Cloud, Minn.) was named U.S. Player of the Game ... Follow the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament on Twitter by following @USAHockeyScores and using #IvanHlinka ... The 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament features teams from Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States ... Team USA has finished in the top three of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament 10 times since the tournament's inception in 1991, including a first-place finish in 2003. The U.S. has finished second eight times (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2010, 2013) and third twice (1991, 1995) ... Team USA finished in seventh place last year ... The 22 players on the U.S. roster represent 10 different states. Minnesota leads the way with eight representatives, while Michigan has four and both Illinois and Colorado have two ... Bob Corkum (Salisbury, Mass.) serves as head coach and John Gruden (Virginia, Minn.), assistant coach with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, Matt Herr (Hackensack, N.J.) a regional manager of USA Hockey's American Development Model, and Derek Plante (Cloquet, Minn.), assistant coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth, serve as assistant coaches.
Scoring By Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 0 0 0 0
CAN 1 1 2 4
First Period -- Scoring: 1, CAN, Dal Colle (Watson), 3:58. Penalties: CAN, Fabbri (slashing), 4:28; USA, Iverson (tripping), 10:04; CAN, Fabbri (slashing), 17:54.
Second Period -- Scoring: 2, CAN, Hawryluk (Hicketts), 11:23. Penalties: None.
Third Period -- Scoring: 3, CAN, Ekblad (Point, Watson), 12:29 (pp); 4, CAN,
Lemieux (Point, Watson), 14:17. Penalties: CAN, Virtanen (hooking), 4:53; USA, Haydon (boarding), 12:03.
Shots By Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 6 7 6 19
CAN 12 10 8 30
Goaltenders (SV/SH) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Nedeljkovic 60:00 11/12 9/10 6/8 26/30
CAN, Billia 60:00 6/6 7/7 6/6 19/19
Power Play: USA, 0-3; CAN, 1-2
Penalties: USA, 1-2; CAN, 3-6
Long days, great games and high intensity – it’s tournament time. Gary Cutler is the USA Hockey supervisor of officials in Western New York. He’s officiated countless tournaments at both the local and national levels. Cutler sat down with USA Hockey to discuss teamwork, tournament-time preparation and what officials can do to be selected as postseason officials next season.
USA Hockey: What does your current position entail? What are some key responsibilities?
Gary Cutler: My current volunteer position as supervisor of officials entails many different responsibilities throughout the season. It all starts immediately after national tournament week, with organizing local seminars in the fall, participating in summer camps, and solving any registration issues an official might have. We are also identifying those officials that potentially can work in postseason tournaments, the Junior Officiating Development Program or a USA Hockey summer camp. We also communicate with leagues about rule changes or rule interpretations and solve any issues that arise during the year with officials.
USA Hockey: What do you like most?
Gary Cutler: The most enjoyable part of my position is seeing officials improve their officiating skills from their very first seminar they attended up to the level they are presently officiating at, whether it is getting a postseason assignment, working in the Junior Officiating Development Program, college assignments, international assignments, or even working in professional leagues.
USA Hockey: Tournament time. What is your initial reaction when you hear those two words?
Gary Cutler: Long days. Most postseason tournaments consist of 12- to 14-hour days of being at the rink observing officials and making sure the officiating side of the tournament runs as smooth as possible.
USA Hockey: What are some unexpected duties or responsibilities that come with tournaments that officials might overlook or forget?
Gary Cutler: Throughout the entire tournament, the officiating program is a team more than ever. Every official should be helping their teammates so everyone can do the best job they are capable of. A lot of officials have more than one rulebook in their referee bag. An official should have complete knowledge and understanding of the rulebook that they are using, whether it is a regular-season game or a postseason assignment.
USA Hockey: Do officials tend to feel more pressure during tournaments, especially semifinal or championship games? How should they cope with that and stay focused on the task at hand?
Gary Cutler: Most definitely a semifinal or championship game brings a lot more pressure on the officials that have been selected to work these games. The officials that do these types of games generally have these attributes that give them the opportunity to succeed?
USA Hockey: Can you feel the intensity ramp up during tournaments, from the players, coaches, parents, etc.?
Gary Cutler: When tournament time comes around, everyone’s intensity level is increased. As each day of the tournament passes, the intensity level grows until the conclusion of the championship game.
USA Hockey: What can young officials do to position themselves for consideration as officials for next year’s tournaments?
Gary Cutler: It all starts in the summer. Start a physical fitness program over the summer, so when the season comes around, you are in the best physical shape you can be in. Go to summer development camps. When you attend a seminar, come with a positive learning attitude. Officials have the opportunity to be identified as potential candidates for tournaments at these seminars. During the regular season, work hard at every game, for the entire game. Constantly look into the rulebook/casebook so you have a complete understanding of the rules. Improve your officiating skills every game. This can be done by reading your manuals and reviewing the videos on USA Hockey’s website. If you are evaluated, listen, take notes and implement what the evaluator discussed with you when you are officiating games. The moment you enter the arena, put yourself in the proper position to make the proper call.
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