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.
Starting with the upcoming season, USA Hockey is launching a new online curriculum in our Officiating Education Program. In addition to the standard registration requirements, including application, open and closed book testing and attendance at a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar, every official must complete the online material prior to receiving their card and crest for 2014-15.
The online curriculum is designed to enhance educational experience with accurate and consistent officiating information. The online modules will be broken down into three categories. The first two requirements will include general and level-specific presentations. The third category will have elective courses from a variety of topics such as positioning, procedures, penalty criteria and the mental game. These electives will be level-specific and allow you to hone your officiating skills in areas you select.
The length of each presentation will vary depending on content and focus. The majority of the presentations will fall in the 5- to 10-minute range, followed by a short quiz reviewing the content. The entire online curriculum will take 3-5 hours to complete, depending on the level of the official. The in-person seminar each official will be required to attend will be abbreviated and designed to supplement the material presented in the online curriculum.
Instructions on accessing the online seminar will be sent to you upon receiving your USA Hockey application. The curriculum will be accessed through your USAHockey.com profile and can be completed at your leisure, meaning you can log out and log back in to pick up where you left off. Some presentations are designed to be viewed before attending the seminar as a means to improve the overall seminar experience. These will be highlighted for your consideration.
Officials will find this new system to be beneficial and it will make your overall USA Hockey experience a more valuable one. Let’s get the season off to a great start!