KARLSTAD, Sweden — Kyle Kraemer (St. Louis, Mo.) notched four goals and Pat Lee (Shaumberg, Ill.) collected three assists as the U.S. InLine National Team earned a 10-5 win over Germany in its final preliminary-round game of the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine Hockey World Championship. With a 3-0-0-0 overall record, Team USA earned the top seed in Group B and advanced to the tournament’s quarterfinal round.
“I am really happy with the overall game we are playing,” said U.S. head coach Rob Chornomud. “I think our guys are starting to have the confidence that we deserve to be here. We just have to ultimately go out and do the job for four quarters.”
Team USA opened the scoring on a goal from Shawn Gawrys (St. Louis, Mo.) at the 10:10 mark of the first period. The U.S. rallied with five goals in the second period to head to halftime up, 6-0. Pat Maroon (St. Louis, Mo.) scored twice, while Rafael Rodriguez (Oceanside, Calif.) and Kraemer each scored a goal within 28 seconds of each other. U.S. goaltender Tommy Tartaglione (Harbor City, Calif.) recorded an assist on Kraemer’s first goal of the game.
After the U.S. went up 7-0 in the third period on Gawrys’ second goal of the night, Germany cut the deficit to 7-2 with a pair of power-play goals. The U.S. responded, however, as Kraemer gave the U.S. an 8-3 lead heading into the fourth period.
The U.S. and Germany traded two goals each in the last stanza, Kraemer’s final two goals sealing the win for Team USA. Tartaglione made 24 saves in the victory, while Germany goaltenders Jochen Vollmer and Thomas Ower combined to stop 16 shots in the loss.
The U.S. will next compete on Friday, July 2 at 12 p.m. EDT in the quarterfinal round. The U.S.’s opponent will be determined following tomorrow’s (July 1) qualification round.
Team USA went 0-for-2 on the power play, while Germany was 2-for-4 with the man advantage … The U.S. has yet to surrender a first or second period goal, as it took a 4-0 lead against both Canada and the Czech Republic in the first two games of the preliminary round … Eleven U.S. players recorded points in the contest … 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 1 5 2 2–10
GER0 0 3 2–5
First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Gawrys (Maroon), 10:10. Penalties: USA, Gawrys (hooking), 4:32.
Second Period – Scoring: 2, USA, Maroon (Yoder), 1:51; 3, USA, Maroon (Beilsten), 2:25; 4, USA, Sigmund (Miner), 5:54; 5, USA, Rodriguez (unassisted), 9:16; 6, USA, Kraemer (Tartaglione), 9:44. Penalties: USA, Beilsten (slashing), 7:09; GER, Holscher (slashing), 11:57.
Third Period – Scoring: 7, USA, Gawrys (Maroon), 2:02; 1, GER, Reimer (Greilinger), 8:09 (pp); 2, GER, Buzas (Tolzer, Menge), 9:08 (pp); 8, USA, Kraemer (Lee), 9:28; 3, GER, Buzas (Duck), 11:49. Penalties: GER, Menge (hooking), 3:58; USA, Sigmund (hooking), 7:39; USA, Beilsten (hooking), 8:43.
Fourth Period – Scoring: 9, USA, Kraemer (Lee, Campbell), 4:49; 4, GER, Seifert (unassisted), 7:48; 5, GER, Buzas (Reimer), 8:19; 10, USA, Kraemer (Lee), 10:11. Penalties: None.
Shots by Period 1 2 3 4 Total
USA3 8 6 9 26
GER7 3 13 6 29
Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 4 Total
USA, Tartaglione, 48:007-7 3-3 13-10 6-4 29-24
GER, Vollmer, 24:00 3-2 8-3-11-5
GER, Ower, 24:00 6-4 9-7 15-11
Power Play: USA 0-2; GER 2-4
Penalties: USA 4-6; GER 2-3
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 W, 4-0
Wed., June 30 Germany W, 10-5
Fri., July 2 Quarterfinal Round 6 p.m./12 p.m.
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.