PARDUBICE, Czech Republic – Travis Noe (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) had two goals and four assists, Matt White (Whittier, Calif.) had a hat trick and four other U.S. players scored at least once to help the U.S. National Inline Team defeat Great Britain, 10-3, in its opening preliminary-round game of the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Inline Hockey World Championship here today.
“It was a good start to the tournament for us,” said head coach Joe Cook. “We got to our game and really started playing well in the second period. We’re happy with the outcome. There are always things we can improve on moving forward, but overall I was pleased with the effort."
Great Britain struck at 8:35 of the first period to take a 1-0 lead, but Team USA answered with seven straight tallies – including five in the second stanza – to grab a commanding advantage.
Noe pulled the U.S. back to even at 10:42 of the first frame with a power-play goal. Then, Cody Kettler (St. Louis, Mo.) and Junior Cadiz (Los Angeles, Calif.) connected for goals just 14 seconds apart early in the second period. White scored his first goal of the game at 4:51 to make it 4-1, and Pat Lee (Schaumburg, Ill.) and Tyler Spezia (Clinton Township, Mich.) notched markers at 6:22 and 8:49 to give the United States a 6-1 lead at halftime.
Goals by Lee, White and Noe in the third frame increased the U.S. edge to 9-2 entering the final period, and a power-play tally by White to complete the hat trick closed the scoring in the last minute of play.
Goaltender Jerry Kuhn (Southgate, Mich.) started in net for Team USA and had one save in 24 minutes of action. Zack Lane (Mt. Prospect, Ill.) entered at the start of the second half and made nine saves on 11 shots on goal.
The U.S. National Inline Team resumes its preliminary-round schedule tomorrow (June 2) against Czech Republic at 1 p.m. ET.
March 27, 2017 | When USA Hockey implemented its American Development Model in 2009, one element of the nationwide age-appropriate training blueprint sparked more debate than any other: cross-ice hockey for 8U players. In the years since, an abundance of evidence, both data-driven and anecdotal, has proven the developmental advantages of cross-ice hockey.
This week, Hockey Canada announced that it too will introduce its players to the game through cross-ice play beginning in 2017-18.
“Re-sizing the playing surface to cross-ice or half-ice means more puck touches, which result in more chances to practice puck control and shooting, as well as overall more movement and motor skill-development – twisting, turning, balance, coordination, agility,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of membership development for Hockey Canada, in a release today. “Their field-of-play matches their size, and these players hone in on their skill-development in a way that larger ice surfaces just aren’t conducive to.”
The Grassroots Show on Ottawa’s TSN 1200 weighed in on the decision. Click the audio link below to hear how Canada is embracing cross-ice hockey for the coming season and beyond.
Tom Renney, president and CEO of Hockey Canada, appeared on the Grassroots Show to discuss the nationwide shift to cross-ice hockey, beginning this fall for 5- and 6-year-olds and expanding to all of Canada's Novice (8U) level in 2018-19.
“When you see 10 or 12 or 14 or 16 kids out on the ice in between periods and they’re playing 200-by-85 and 3 or 4 kids touch the puck in that whole six minutes, yet there’s people in the stands clapping and thinking it’s wonderful, I just can’t help but think about the 95 percent of the children that didn’t even touch the puck or get from one end of the rink to the other and I ask myself what are we doing when the opportunity is certainly there to have 30 kids on the ice playing cross-ice and everyone is having a much better opportunity to touch the puck, skate a shorter distance and really play. It just boggles my mind,” said Renney.
“We completely embrace, at the Initiation level and the Novice level, cross-ice hockey and we have mandated that in the Initiation program and we will mandate it across the country in Novice hockey.
“This is about the pure enjoyment of the game, and your first connection with it has to be something that’s pure fun, on a surface of play that is conducive to much more participation and joy.”