July 13, 2005
KUOPIO, Finland - The 2005 USA Hockey InLine National Team finished preliminary-round competition today with a 6-2 win over Germany and with its 3-0-0 record secured the top spot in Group A at the 2005 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine Hockey World Championship.
Team USA will next face the winner of tomorrow's (July 13) qualification-round game between Austria and Brazil in its first playoff contest on Thursday, July 14, at 4:00 p.m. local time (9:00 a.m. EDT).
"We keep getting better offensively and creating more offensive chances with each game," said U.S. Head Coach Dan Brennan (Colorado Springs, Colo.). "We played well against a very good German team today."
After a scoreless first quarter, Team USA scored two quick goals when forward Chris Popescu (Sterling Heights, Mich.) tallied a power-play goal off an assist from Chris Peterson (Clinton Township, Mich.) at 1:21, and Bill Sweatt (Elburn, Ill.) found the back of the net 35 seconds later with an assist from his brother, Lee Sweatt (Elburn, Ill.) at 1:56 to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead.
Germany got on board with a goal from Patrick Reimer 37 seconds into the third quarter to cut the U.S. lead, 2-1, but Team USA re-gained its two-goal advantage heading into the fourth quarter thanks to defenseman Ernie Hartlieb's (Sterling Heights, Mich.) goal at 9:18.
Popescu registered his second goal of the game 27 seconds into the final stanza with an assist from Geno Parrish (Bloomington, Minn.). Germany then scored on a power-play at 7: 21, but Peterson struck back less than a minute later giving the U.S. a 5-2 lead. Jason Deskins (Warren, Mich.) notched the final goal of the game, a power-play marker, at 11:00 to secure the 6-2 victory.
U.S. goaltender Jeff Reynaert (Sterling Heights, Mich.) stopped 31-of-33 shots on goal while Germany's Jochen Vollmer faced 21 shots on goal.
Notes: Chris Popescu was named U.S. player of the game ... Games in the IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship consist of four, 15-minutes quarters ... At the conclusion of the qualification round tomorrow (July 13), the teams will be re-seeded to form the A-Pool and B-Pool World Championships ... Semifinal and relegation rounds for both pools are scheduled for July 15, and medal games will be played on July 16.
GAME SUMMARY USA 0 2 1 3 -- 6 SLO 0 0 1 1 -- 2
First Quarter -- Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Deskins (holding), 1:23; GER, Slavetinsky (high sticking), 10:03.
Second Quarter -- Scoring: 1, USA, Popescu (Peterson), 7:21 (pp); 2, USA, B. Sweatt (L. Sweatt), 7:56. Penalties: GER, Duck (hooking), 6:35; USA, Parrish (hooking), 8: 55; GER, Polaczek (roughing), 9:56.
Third Quarter -- Scoring: 3, GER, Reimer (Schinkothe), :37; 4, USA, Hartlieb (Frank), 9:18. Penalties: GER, Friedl (hooking), 1:28; USA, Peterson (holding), 6:37.
Fourth Quarter -- Scoring: 5, USA, Popescu (Parrish), :27; 6, GER, Menge (Reimer), 7:21 (pp); 7, USA, Peterson (Popescu, Parrish), 8:00; 8, USA, Deskins (Parrish), 11:00 (pp). Penalties: USA, Kern (high sticking), 7:06; GER, Frank (holding), 10:48; USA, Parsons (holding), 11:41.
Goaltenders: USA, Reynaert (33 shots, 31 saves). GER, Vollmer (21 shots, 15 saves).
Team USA Schedule
Date Game/Result Location Time (Local/ET)
Sun., July 10 USA 5, Slovenia 1 Niirala 4:00 p.m./9:00 a.m. Mon., July 11 USA 8, Slovakia 3 Niirala 6:00 p.m./11:00 a.m. Tues., July 12 USA 6, Germany 2 Niirala 4:00 p.m./9:00 a.m. Thurs., July 14 Playoffs, First Round Niirala 4:00 p.m./9:00 a.m. Fri., July 15 Semifinal and Relegation Round Niirala TBD Sat., July 16 Bronze and Gold-Medal Games Niirala TBD
Team USA improved to 3-0-0 in group play on Tuesday.