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U.S. National Inline Team Earns Bronze Medal at IIHF Inline Worlds

06/07/2014, 12:45pm MDT
By USAHockey.com

PARDUBICE, Czech Republic - Pat Lee (Schaumburg, Ill.) notched a hat trick and Travis Noe (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) had five points to help the U.S. National Inline Team take down Sweden, 12-5, to earn the bronze medal at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Inline Hockey World Championship here today.

Matt White (Whittier, Calif.) and Noe scored in the first 6:01 of action to help the U.S. build an early 2-0 lead. Sweden managed to knot the score late in the opening quarter, but Greg Thompson (Bayport, N.Y.) connected for a shorthanded marker at 11:41 to give Team USA a 3-2 edge entering the second frame.

Sweden buried a pair of quick goals to begin the second stanza and grab a 4-3 lead, but a three-goal outburst that included tallies by Noe, Raf Rodriguez (Oceanside, Calif.) and Lee allowed the United States to hold a 6-4 advantage at halftime.

Third-quarter goals by Rodriguez and Lee bookended a Team Sweden marker to boost the U.S. lead to 8-5 entering the final frame.

Tyler Spezia (Clinton Township, Mich.) scored twice and John Siemer (Baldwin Park, Calif.) and Lee each notched a single tally in the fourth quarter to clinch a 12-5 win for Team USA.

Defenseman Derrick Burnett (Corona, Calif.) collected three assists in the contest, and 11 U.S. players -- including goaltender Jerry Kuhn (Southgate, Mich.) -- had at least one point.

Kuhn, who started his sixth game of the tournament, turned in a 15-save effort.

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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