TAMPERE, Finland – Matt White (Whittier, Calif.) scored two goals, including an equalizer late in the fourth quarter, but the U.S. National Inline Team fell to Canada, 5-4, in overtime in the final preliminary-round game of the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Inline Hockey World Championship.
As the second seed in Group B, the U.S. will play Sweden in a quarterfinal-round matchup Thursday (July 9) at 7 a.m. ET.
“It’s a disappointing loss, but Canada played hard and had great goaltending,” said Joe Cook, head coach of the 2015 U.S. National Inline Team. “You have to win the right games, and now the playoff rounds start so we’ll have to learn from the loss and move forward.”
At 3:58 of the opening quarter, the U.S. took advantage of its first power-play opportunity when Tyler Spezia (Clinton Township, Mich.) rocketed a wrist shot past Canadian goaltender Brett Leggat.
Just 1:52 into the second quarter, Derrick Burnett (Corona, Calif.) widened the margin to 2-0 before Canada responded minutes later to bring the game back within one goal.
Team USA added its second power-play goal with 4:49 remaining when White found an open lane from between the circles. However, two goals by Canada in the closing minutes of the second quarter sent the game into halftime tied, 3-3.
After a scoreless third quarter, Canada pulled ahead at 6:45 of the fourth stanza to make it 4-3. With 3:21 to play in regulation, White tallied his second goal of the night to send the game to overtime.
Canada scored the game-winning goal with 1:17 remaining in the five-minute overtime.
Live streaming of all games from the IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship games can be found here.
NOTES: Team USA is 2-0-1-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in the 2015 IIHF Inline World Championship … Troy Redmann (Brea, Calif.) made 21 saves in the loss … The U.S. went two-for-two on the power play against Canada … For full game statistics, click here … A game at the IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship includes four, 12-minute quarters ... The U.S. has medaled in all but four of the 18 IIHF Inline World Championships previously staged, including six gold medals (1996, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2013), four silver medals (1998, 2001, 2009, 2011) and four bronze medals (2000, 2003, 2005, 2014). There was no tournament held in 1999.
March 27, 2017 | When USA Hockey implemented its American Development Model in 2009, one element of the nationwide age-appropriate training blueprint sparked more debate than any other: cross-ice hockey for 8U players. In the years since, an abundance of evidence, both data-driven and anecdotal, has proven the developmental advantages of cross-ice hockey.
This week, Hockey Canada announced that it too will introduce its players to the game through cross-ice play beginning in 2017-18.
“Re-sizing the playing surface to cross-ice or half-ice means more puck touches, which result in more chances to practice puck control and shooting, as well as overall more movement and motor skill-development – twisting, turning, balance, coordination, agility,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of membership development for Hockey Canada, in a release today. “Their field-of-play matches their size, and these players hone in on their skill-development in a way that larger ice surfaces just aren’t conducive to.”
The Grassroots Show on Ottawa’s TSN 1200 weighed in on the decision. Click the audio link below to hear how Canada is embracing cross-ice hockey for the coming season and beyond.
Tom Renney, president and CEO of Hockey Canada, appeared on the Grassroots Show to discuss the nationwide shift to cross-ice hockey, beginning this fall for 5- and 6-year-olds and expanding to all of Canada's Novice (8U) level in 2018-19.
“When you see 10 or 12 or 14 or 16 kids out on the ice in between periods and they’re playing 200-by-85 and 3 or 4 kids touch the puck in that whole six minutes, yet there’s people in the stands clapping and thinking it’s wonderful, I just can’t help but think about the 95 percent of the children that didn’t even touch the puck or get from one end of the rink to the other and I ask myself what are we doing when the opportunity is certainly there to have 30 kids on the ice playing cross-ice and everyone is having a much better opportunity to touch the puck, skate a shorter distance and really play. It just boggles my mind,” said Renney.
“We completely embrace, at the Initiation level and the Novice level, cross-ice hockey and we have mandated that in the Initiation program and we will mandate it across the country in Novice hockey.
“This is about the pure enjoyment of the game, and your first connection with it has to be something that’s pure fun, on a surface of play that is conducive to much more participation and joy.”