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.
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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.