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U.S. National Inline Team Falls to Canada, 6-5, in Inline Worlds Semis

By USAHockey.com, 06/06/14, 12:45PM MDT

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PARDUBICE, Czech Republic – Five different players scored, but U.S. National Inline Team fell to Canada, 6-5, in a shootout in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Inline Hockey World Championship semifinals here today.

Team USA will play in the bronze-medal game tomorrow (June 7) against Sweden at 10:30 a.m. ET.

The back-and-forth affair featured several lead changes. Team Canada opened the scoring 1:09 into the game before Matt White (Whittier, Calif.) and P.J. Kavaya (San Clemente, Calif.) struck for a pair of goals in 10 seconds to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead. The Canadians evened the score at 2-2 in the final minute of the first quarter, but Tyler Spezia (Clinton Township, Mich.) put the United States back in front with a goal 5:28 into the second stanza.

Canada buried the equalizer later in the first half and then notched a power-play marker 4:37 into the third frame to grab a 4-3 edge. Pat Lee (Schaumburg, Ill.) answered with a goal 54 seconds later, but a Team Canada managed to score before the end of the quarter to take a 5-4 advantage into the fourth stanza.

Travis Noe (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) connected for a power-play tally just 1:47 into the frame to make it 5-5 and force the extra session.

Team USA fell in the shootout, 2-1, despite Noe finding the back of the net on the second U.S. try.

U.S. goaltender Jerry Kuhn (Southgate, Mich.) turned aside 14 shots in the loss.

Date Opponent Result
Sun., June 1 Great Britain W, 10-3
Mon., June 2 Czech Republic W, 5-4
Tues., June 3 Slovakia W, 6-0
Thurs., June 5 Germany (Quarterfinals) W, 4-1
Fri., June 6 Canada (Semifinals) L, 5-6 (SO)
Sat., June 7 Sweden (Bronze-Medal Game) W, 12-5

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