IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Div 1 Group B
Italy v France 4-3 OT
Italy would yet again win in overtime after tying up the game late against their French opponents.
Never more than a goal in this game as momentum continually swung between the two sides.
The first period was a tense affair with no quarter given and barely a chance to speak of
until twelve minutes in.
Perret was able to create his own breakaway but after pulling out a great deke move, Bonvalot in net
pulled off an even better save. Bouvet would go close shortly afterwards trying a wraparound attempt.
It would be Italy who opened the scoring inside two minutes of the second frame.
Lacedelli down the right wing, delivered a tape to tape pass for Leclerc to deliver the finishing touch.
France would tie the game up just five minutes later, with a broken play in front and Marchetti beating the goalie with a swift backhand finish.
In a game of short handed chances for the penalty killers it was a power play goal from France that
gave them the lead for the first time. di Dio Balsamo from behind the net banking his shot in off the pads of Rabanser in net.
Just 17 seconds later and the game was tied again as a crisp quick passing movement presented Terzago with an easy chance to score.
Lacedelli and Leclerc almost combined again to put Italy in front once more but the shot from the latter flashed wide of the net.
Both teams would exchange a plethora of chances but it was France who retook the lead, finally taking advantage of a short handed opportunity.
Leclerc turning provider for di Dio Balsamo this time around, and his perfectly placed shot gave Rabanser no chance.
With ten minutes to find a tying goal, Italy put concerted pressure on the French team, dominating the play.Earning a power play with six minutes remaining would be the key.
Cannizzo would be robbed by Bonvalot’s blocker after another neat passing sequence and it would take a freak effort to tie the game.
A harmless looking shot from Giovanni Morini took a wicked deflection of a defenseman’s skate and was in the back of the net in the blink of an eye.
There would be no late heroics late in regulation but the overtime winner was worth waiting for.
As Italy set-up behind their own goal, Giovanni Morini demanded the puck on the left side.
He proceeded to go coast-to-coast before then burying a shot which sent the water bottle flying and the Italians into wild celebrations.
Best Player of the game:
Italy – Michele Marchetti (Forward)
France – Jordann Perret (Forward)
Kazakhstan v Japan 7-8
Kazakhstan knew with a win they would go second and still in with a chance of a goal medal, whilst Japan needed to get some points on the board in their battle against relegation.
The two teams would share 15 goals in total with Japan blowing a 6-3 lead.
Kazakhstan opened the scoring with 3:35 on the clock, as good work behind the net from Mikhailis enabled him to create a chance for Shestakov who, stuffed the puck home short side.
Japan almost responded immediately with Kido hitting the crossbar after a turnover in front of the Kazakhstan net.
They would tie the game up before the midway point of the period. Matsukane and Kido creating the backdoor play for Suzuki to score.
Japan would then hit the iron again before the end of the period but we’d enter the second frame tied at 1-1 and no clue as to the craziness to follow.
It’d take just 22 seconds for Japan to take the lead, with Hitosato seeing his initial shot blocked in front before firing home at the second attempt.
Kazakhstan responded inside a minute with Mikhailis roofing his shot after a wraparound, with the Japanese goalie going down far too early.
Japan almost scored from the face-off, with Namioka only denied by a fine save.
They would retake the lead with five minutes on the clock, Hikosaka with a wrist shot finding
the top right hand corner. With his team trailing 3-2, Kazakhstan coach Starygin pulled Volosenko in net to put in Sevidov.
It would have no affect as Japan would extend their as captain Hitosako found the net again.
Kazakhstan yet again responded immediately with a fantastic defense splitting pass from Sergienko finding Koshelev and he applied a wonderful backhand finish through the 5-hole of Maekita.
Less than a minute later Japan would take the 6-3 lead they were later to lose.
It would also mean yet another goalie change as Volosenko came back in to relieve Sevidov.
A speculative pass thrown out in front of the net would rebound in off a defenseman with Kido given credit for the goal.
With Kazakhstan reeling a little they needed a boost to end the period.
Enter the impressive Mikhailis who’s clever work behind the net enable him to find a pass to Sergienko standing between the two dots and he fired home a wrist shot.
Mikhailis would strike himself inside the first five minutes of the third period with a wraparound goal which would lead Japan’s coach Mark Mahon to change his goaltender to bring the third goalie change of the match.
Kazakhstan would fail to level the game up despite a 5 on 3 for 1:48 but immediately after the final penalty was killed Mikhailis walked in all alone to roof his shot over the glove hand of Sasaki.
With nine minutes left to play, their was plenty of time for more goals yet the game became a little more subdued until the final five.
On the power play Kazakhstan held the puck on the right boards whilst Sergienko wheeled his way around the net, picking up the puck, travelling to the centre of the ice before scoring the go ahead marker. You could see it coming in the stands but Japan had no answer.
The game was surely dead when a Japanese defensive error allowed Koshelev to score an empty netter with 51 seconds remaining.
Matsumoto had other idea’s and pulled the score line back to 8-7 with 29.6 seconds left.
There wouldn’t be one last comeback as Kazakhstan held on for three points to take second place in the table, just a single point behind leaders Italy.
Best player of the game:
Kazakhstan – Nikita Mikhailis
Japan – Keita Kido
Ukraine v GB 4-0
Both teams entered the game knowing a point would be enough for survival, whilst a win in regulation would give them a shot at a bronze medal come Sunday.
It would be Ukraine who dominated this encounter as GB looked flat and uninspired after Thursday’s tremendous performance against France.
The first period would give GB their best chances of scoring in a game where they were offensively poor. The home team would have the first chance opportunity with Bobby Chamberlain being denied by Zakharchenko.
Just as GB had killed their first power play of the game, a shot from Varyvoda was tipped home by Martyshko.
GB tried to respond with a shot from Moore which was expertly tipped in front but the only sound to be heard was the ringing of iron.
After another penalty kill from GB they finished the period strongly, creating some half chances and Chamberlain yet again foiled by Zakharchenko.
Ukraine dominated the second frame and Adam Goss had to be at his very best to keep Ukraine down to a single goal. A incredible post to post sliding save across his crease was outstanding by the Coventry Blaze net minder.
He could do nothing about Ukraine’s second goal of the game with 3:52 remaining in the period when Zakharov tapped in from close range.
Just thirteen shots in two periods and there would only be a further seven in the third as Ukraine imposed their physical and powerful game upon GB.
Just two minutes in and the game was over as a contest. A slick passing movement and another tap in finish, this time for Cherdak, to make it 3-0.
Petrankovsky would score Ukraine’s fourth goal a few seconds after another GB penalty had ended and this finished the scoring.
A timeout called by Peter Russell had some effect with eight minutes remaining as the team responded with more urgency and a couple of half chances for Chamberlain and Hook.
Liam Stewart had a huge amount of ice time tonight and his big hit on defensemen presented him with a half chance by Zakharchenko stopped the puck with no rebound.
Best Player of the game:
Ukraine – Maxym Martyshko (Forward)
GB – Adam Goss (Goaltender)
Post game interview with assistant coach Tom Watkins, where he speaks about tonight’s game and the keys for Sunday’s match up against Japan.
So now looking forward to today we have a dogfight for the medals and to avoid relegation.
Italy, Kazakhstan and France will fight it out for the gold medal with ten, nine and eight points respectively.
France will play Kazakhstan, followed by Italy against Ukraine, who have a shot at a bronze medal.
Great Britain and Japan will play the final game of the tournament with the Japanese knowing they need to win in regulation to stave off relegation whilst GB know they just need that solitary point.
Should be a very tense if exciting day 5 at the Dumfries Ice Bowl.
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