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.