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Peterson picks up two points in Team USA's final game



Chris Peterson

July 18, 2005

KUOPIO, Finland -- The 2005 USA Hockey InLine National Team (5-1-0) claimed the bronze medal at the 2005 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine Hockey World Championship with a 6-0 shut out victory over the Czech Republic here Saturday.

"It was good to win the bronze medal today even though the goal was to come here and win the gold," said U.S. Head Coach Dan Brennan (Colorado Springs, Colo.). "I think overall our team had a great tournament."

Ernie Hartlieb (Sterling Heights, Mich.) led the U.S. offensive attack with one goal and two assists. Jason Deskins (Warren, Mich.), former Lake Superior State forward Chris Peterson (Clinton Township, Mich.) and Ben Frank (Ontario, Canada) each added two points in the win.

After a scoreless first half, Team USA registered four unanswered goals in the third quarter. Brad Parsons (Kingston, Mass.) tallied the first goal of the game off an assist from Bill Sweatt (Elburn, Ill.) at 1:58. Chris Popescu (Sterling Heights, Mich.) found the back of the net 44 seconds later to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead. After a Czech Republic timeout, Deskins and Derek Kern (Smithtown, N.Y.) each notched a goal less than two minutes apart giving Team USA a 4-0 advantage heading into the final stanza.

Deskins scored his second goal of the game off a feed from Hartlieb 7:00 into the fourth quarter and Hartlieb tallied the final goal of the game at 10:23 to give the U.S. the 6-0 victory.

U.S. goaltender Jeff Reynaert (Sterling Heights, Mich.) stopped all 28 shots on goal in the shut out. Czech Republic's Petr Zurek made 29 saves.

Notes: Deskins was named U.S. player of the game ... Popescu and Hartlieb each finished the tournament with 13 points ... In the ten-year history of the event, the United States has earned gold medals in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004; silver medals in 1998 and 2001; and bronze medals at the 2000, 2003 and 2005 tournaments.

Team USA Schedule
Sun., July 10: USA 5, Slovenia 1
Mon., July 11: USA 8, Slovakia 3
Tues., July 12: USA 6, Germany 2
Thurs., July 14: USA 12, Austria 2, (Quarterfinal)
Fri., July 15: USA 5, Sweden 6 OT SO, (Semifinal)
Sat., July 16: USA 6, Czech Republic 0, (Bronze-Medal Game)



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