Day 5 Rink Hockey World Championships
Team USA faced Angola on the second day of the Finals round at the 4th Sub 20 Men’s World Rink Hockey Championships in Bassono del Grappa, Italy. Angola came out in a very fast paced offense and got a long slap shot to go in and a couple of wrap around goals. At this point, we backed off, slowed down the play, and worked our offense to control the game and get the best shots we could. They got a fast break to score again and led at the half, 4-0. Starting the second half, we controlled the speed of the game and kept control of the ball. Holland Elkins got inside at the beginning of the second half and scored. A few moments later, Shawn Schmelcher was able to work the ball in and get another score. We controlled the ball most of the second half, but were unable to get the ball past their goalie again. They got a breakaway late in the game, and we just ran out of time. The game ended with a 5-2 USA loss. A tough break for Team USA. Tomorrow we take on England for 11th Place. Let’s Get It Done Guys! Go Team USA!