INGOLSTADT, Germany – Defenseman C.J. Yoder (Colorado Springs, Colo.) scored two goals and added an assist, but the U.S. Inline National Team fell to Finland, 5-4, in the quarterfinals of the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine Hockey World Championship at Saturn Arena. The U.S. holds a 3-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record and will play Great Britain in a placement game on Tuesday (June 6) at 10 a.m. EDT.
“We ran into a little penalty trouble today against one of the top teams in the tournament,” said Joe Cook, head coach of the U.S. Inline National Team. “We had our opportunities late in the game to tie it up, but we couldn’t convert.”
Yoder opened the scoring in the game at 8:20 of the first period off a rink-wide pass from Anthony Miner (Glendora, Calif.). Finland recorded its first of four power-play goals to tie the game at 3:43 of the second period.
Finland then tallied three straight goals, two of which came on the power play, to take a 4-1 lead midway through the third quarter. Yoder made it a two-goal game with a one-timer from the left circle at 5:40. Finland added another goal with 1:12 remaining in the third quarter to send the U.S. into the final frame trailing, 5-2.
Travis Noe (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) scored two goals in the final quarter to bring Team USA within a goal. Despite a furious effort in the final minutes of the game, the U.S. was unable to find the equalizer.
Jerry Kuhn (Southgate, Mich.) recorded 28 saves for the U.S., while Juha Taponen made 36 saves for Finland.
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NOTES: C.J. Yoder was named Team USA’s Player of the Game … Former U.S. Inline National Team member Joe Cook is the head coach for the 2012 U.S. Inline National Team for the third time (1999-2000), while Jami Yoder, who is also a former member of the U.S. Inline National Team, is serving as an assistant coach. Corey Rastello is the equipment manager for the team and Brian Brewster is the athletic trainer … Defenseman C.J. Yoder is the captain of Team USA. The alternate captains are Rafael Rodriguez and Greg Thompson … In the 15-year history of the IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship, the United States has earned gold medals in 1996, 1997, 2004, 2006 and 2010; silver medals in 1998, 2001, 2009 and 2011; and bronze medals at the 2000, 2003 and 2005 tournaments. There was no tournament played in 1999.
Scoring By Period
1 -0-1-2 = 4
0-1-4-0 = 5
First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Yoder (Miner, Lee), 8:20. Penalties: FIN, Huhtala (roughing), 9:38.
Second Period – Scoring: 2, FIN, Saarinen (Miettinen), 3:43, (pp). Penalties: USA, Cadiz (slashing), 2:44; USA, Rodriguez (hooking), 6:35; USA, Thompson (hooking), 8:51.
Third Period – Scoring: 3, FIN, Lappalainen (Markkanen), 1:20; 4, FIN, Lappalainen (Markkanen), 3:14 (pp); 5, FIN, Kuusela (Saarinen), 4:19 (pp); 6, USA, Yoder (Cadiz), 5:40; 7, FIN, Miettinen (Pellinen), 10:48, (pp). Penalties: USA, Cadiz (tripping), 2:36; USA, Kuhn (slashing), 3:47; USA, Campbell (hooking), 9:46.
Fourth Period – Scoring: 8, USA, Noe (Miner, Yoder), 1:17, (pp); 9, USA, Noe, 9:36. Penalties: FIN, Suhonen (hooking), 2:20; FIN, Miettinen (slashing), 6:01; FIN, Lappalainen (cross-checking), 6:56; USA, Gawrys (slashing), 11:26.
USA, Kuhn, 46:55
FIN, Taponen, 48:00
Power Play: USA 1-5; FIN 4-7
Penalties: USA 7-10.5; FIN 5-7.5