U.S. Inline National Team Defeats Germany, 5-4, at 2012 IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship
Junior Cadiz Tallies Two Goals and an Assist in Victory
INGOLSTADT, Germany - Junior Cadiz (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored two goals and added an assist and goaltender Nicholas Maricic (Alta Loma, Calif.) made 41 saves as the U.S. Inline National Team defeated host-country Germany, 5-4, in its opening game of the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine Hockey World Championship at Saturn Arena.
"It was a great opening game against the home country in front of about 3,000 fans," said Joe Cook, head coach of the U.S. Inline National Team. "We expected emotions would be high playing in a hostile environment and our guys rose to the occasion."
Germany scored the lone goal of the first quarter with a tally at 6:40 before the U.S. rattled off a pair of goals in the second quarter. Travis Noe (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) tied the game at 3:33 with Cadiz collecting an assist. Following a faceoff win, Cadiz recorded his first goal of the game at 10:53 to give Team USA a 2-1 lead at halftime.
Germany knotted the game at 2-2 with a goal at 1:07 of the third quarter. Patrick Lee (Schaumberg, Ill.) reclaimed the lead for Team USA at 10:21 when he stormed down the right wing and fired a shot that beat Germany's goaltender Jochen Vollmer high to his glove side.
After Germany tied the game once again at 3:26 of the fourth quarter, the U.S. recorded back-to-back goals to secure the victory. Shawn Gawrys (St. Louis, Mo.) lit the lamp at 6:25 and Cadiz tallied the eventual game winner at 9:06. Germany recorded a power-play goal with 1:22 remaining, but Maricic held strong in net to help Team USA to the victory in its tournament opener.
The U.S. Inline National Team will face off against Slovenia on Saturday (June 2) at 12 p.m. ET in its second of three preliminary round games. All games will be streamed live and for free on IIHF.com. A full schedule is below. Use the hashtag #InlineWC on Twitter to join the conversation surrounding the tournament.
NOTES: 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 will be the team doctor... 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
First Period Ė Scoring: 1, GER, Greilinger, 6:40. Penalties: USA, Cadiz (interference), 9:39; GER, Greilinger (interference), 11:27.
Second Period Ė Scoring: 2, USA, Noe (Cadiz), 3:33; 3, USA, Cadiz (Yoder), 10:53. Penalties: GER, Greilinger (high sticking), 8:37.
Third Period Ė Scoring: 4, GER, Riemel (Wolf), 2:45; 5, USA, Lee (Miner), 10:21. Penalties: GER, Riemel (delay of game), 1:07; USA, Gawrys (hooking), 3:14; GER, Greilinger (playing with a broken stick), 3:47; USA, 7:48.
Fourth Period Ė Scoring: 6, GER, Jung (Greilinger), 3:26; 7, USA, Gawrys (Miner), 6:25; 8, USA, Cadiz (Noe), 9:06; 9, GER, Wolf (Menge), 10:38 (pp). Penalties: USA, Hoar (holding), 10:02; USA, Thompson (delay of game), 11:10.