KARLSTAD, Sweden – The U.S. InLine National Team took a 4-0 lead after two periods en route to a 7-2 victory over Canada in its opening game of the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine Hockey World Championship. J.P. Beilsten (St. Louis, Mo.), Kyle Kraemer (St. Louis, Mo.) and Anthony Miner (Glendora, Calif.) each scored twice in the victory.
“We’ve been champing at the bit for this tournament to begin, so it was good to get out there,” said U.S. head coach Rob Chornomud. “I was extremely pleased with our first half and thought we demonstrated terrific puck control.”
Team USA jumped out to a 1-0 lead less than four minutes into the contest when Kraemer snapped a wrist shot high over the glove of Canada goaltender Brett Leggat. Miner gave the U.S. a two-goal edge four minutes later on a quick one-timer from the low slot off of a pass from Juaquin Chavira (Upland, Calif.).
Chavira pushed Team USA’s advantage to 3-0 with a goal late in the first period. Beilsten then scored the lone second-period tally with a high wrist shot past Leggat.
Both teams traded goals in the third period, with Kraemer and Miner collecting their second goals of the game to give the U.S. a 6-2 lead. Then, with less than two minutes remaining in the third, Beilsten notched an unassisted tally to complete the game’s scoring.
U.S. goalie Tommy Tartaglione (Harbor City, Calif.) logged 15 saves in the victory, while Leggat stopped 24 shots in a losing effort.
Team USA (1-0-0-0) will face the Czech Republic tomorrow (June 29) at 12 p.m. EDT in its second of three preliminary-round games.
Team USA went 0-for-5 on the power play, while Canada was 0-for-2 with the man advantage … For the full U.S. roster, click here … Results and statistics from the tournament can be found here … Rob Chornomud is serving as head coach for the 2010 U.S. InLine National Team for the second consecutive year, while former U.S. InLine National Team member Josh Milewski is serving as the assistant coach … In the 13-year history of the IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship, the United States has earned gold medals in 1996, 1997, 2004 and 2006; silver medals in 1998, 2001 and 2009; and bronze medals at the 2000, 2003 and 2005 tournaments. There was no tournament played in 1999.
Scoring By Period
USA 3 1 3 0 — 7
CAN 0 0 2 0 — 2
First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Kraemer (Lee), 3:33; 2, USA, Miner (Chavira, Sigmund), 7:59; 3, USA, Chavira (Lee, Kraemer), 10:03. Penalties: CAN, Ciotti (hooking), 3:58; USA, Yoder (tripping), 11:55.
Second Period – Scoring: 4, USA, Beilsten (Rodriguez, Yoder), 1:53. Penalties: CAN, Finerty (interference), 4:26; CAN, Sheen (high-sticking), 10:35.
Third Period – Scoring: 5, USA, Kraemer (Campbell, Lee), 3:38; 6, CAN, Terry (unassisted), 4:11; 7, USA, Miner (Sigmund, Osterkamp), 5:45; 8, CAN, Hammond (unassisted), 6:28; 9, USA, Beilsten (unassisted), 10:46. Penalties: CAN, Henderson (hooking), 11:44.
Fourth Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: CAN, Benjaminsen (hooking), 3:20; USA, Beilsten (hooking), 8:35.
Shots by Period 1 2 3 4 Total
USA 8 8 9 6 31
CAN 4 3 5 5 17
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 4 Total
USA, Tartaglione, 48:00 4-4 3-3 5-3 5-5 17-15
CAN, Leggat, 48:00 8-5 8-7 9-6 6-6 31-24
Power Play: USA 0-5; CAN 0-2
Penalties: USA 2-3; CAN 5-7.5
Team USA 2010 IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship Schedule
June 28-July 4 • Karlstad, Sweden
Date Opponent Time (Local/EDT)
Mon., June 28 Canada W, 7-2
Tues., June 29 Czech Republic 6 p.m./12 p.m.
Wed., June 30 Germany 6 p.m./12 p.m.
Thurs., July 1 Qualification Round TBD
Fri., July 2 Quarterfinal Round TBD
Sat., July 3 Semifinal Round TBD
Sun., July 4 Medal Round TBD
The 2010 IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship will include 16 teams divided into the Top Division and Division l. The United States will compete in the Top Division alongside Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Slovenia and Sweden. Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Croatia, Great Britain, Hungary, Japan and Slovakia will comprise Division I.
For the preliminary round, the two divisions will each be divided into two groups of four teams based on rankings (Top Division-groups A and B, Division I-groups C and D). Following round-robin play within each group, the two lowest ranked teams from the Top Division and the two top teams from the Division I will face off as part of play-in games to determine pools for the playoff round.