Tuesday, June 29, 2010

U.S. blanks Czechs in IIHF InLine Championships









KARLSTAD, Sweden -- Shawn Gawrys (St. Louis, Mo.) scored twice and Gerry Osterkamp (Covina, Calif.) logged three assists as the U.S. InLine National Team earned a 4-0 win over the Czech Republic in its second preliminary-round game of the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine Hockey World Championship. Team USA improved to 2-0-0-0 overall and guaranteed itself the top seed in Group B and a spot in the tournament's quarterfinal round.

"We did what we needed to do in terms of advancing by beating the Czech Republic tonight," said U.S. assistant coach Josh Milewski. "We built on our team defense, and our speed helped us create quality opportunities."

Team USA took a 1-0 lead when Pat Maroon (St. Louis, Mo.) collected his first career international goal six minutes into the opening frame. After a Gawrys goal at the 3:04 mark of the second period, Nathan Sigmund (San Diego, Calif.) extended the U.S. advantage to 3-0 with a three-on-three tally just three minutes later.

Gawry's second goal of the period, a power-play tally with less than two minutes remaining, sent Team USA to halftime with a 4-0 lead for the second consecutive game.

U.S. goalie Troy Redmann (Brea, Calif.) kept the Czech Republic off of the scoreboard again in the third period, including making a sprawling poke check save at the eight-minute mark. He was replaced midway through the fourth period by Tommy Tartaglione (Harbor City, Calif.), who helped preserve the victory. The two combined to make 27 saves in the win, while the Czech Republic's Roman Handl stopped 18 shots in the loss.

Team USA will face Germany tomorrow (June 30) at 12 p.m. EDT in its final preliminary-round game.

NOTES: Team USA went 2-for-5 on the power play, while the Czech Republic was 0-for-5 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.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

CZE 0 0 0 0 -- 0
USA 1 3 0 0 -- 4

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Maroon (Kraemer, Osterkamp), 6:03 (pp). Penalties: CZE, Besser (interference), 5:17; USA, Miner (holding-the-stick), 7:54.

Second Period - Scoring: 2, USA, Gawrys (Osterkamp, Miner), 3:04; 3, USA, Sigmund (Beilsten), 6:03; 4, USA, Gawrys (Yoder, Osterkamp), 11:03 (pp). Penalties: USA, Rodriguez (interference), 4:52; CZE, Polanski (interference), 5:30; USA, Gawrys (cross-checking), 8:13; CZE, Vavrusa (hooking), 10:38; USA, Kraemer (hooking), 12:00.

Third Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: CZE, Vozdecky (roughing), 1:00.

Fourth Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Yoder (interference), 2:12; CZE, Strycek (delaying-the-game), 6:28; CZE, Vozdecky (slashing, double minor), 12:00.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 4 Total
CZE 7 8 5 7 27
USA 9 4 5 4 22

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 4 Total
CZE, Handl, 48:00 9-8 4-1 5-5 7-7 22-18
USA, Redmann, 42:28 7-7 8-8 5-5 7-7 27-27
USA, Tartaglione, 3:27 -- -- -- 0-0 0-0

Power Play: CZE 0-5; USA 2-5
Penalties: CZE 6-10.5; USA 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 W, 4-0
Wed., June 30 Germany 6 p.m./12 p.m.
Fri., July 2 Quarterfinal Round TBD
Sat., July 3 Semifinal Round TBD
Sun., July 4 Medal Round TBD

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