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.
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!