IIHF Mens U18 WC (Div 2/GrpA) Day One Review

Monday 24th March 2014

Day One

Game One Romania v Korea

The opening game of the tournament wasn’t short of action or a little controversy.
Korea began flying around the ice, trying to use their speed by Romania early just contained them and tried to hit on the counter attack.
The opening goal would come on a Korean power play but it would be a shorthanded marker for the Romanian’s with Robert Gyorgy finding the net
Two minutes later it was almost déjà vu as Romania had another great chance to score while down a man, however this time they were denied and Korea going back the other way scored through Seongsik Cho after a nice move.
Korea were almost trying too hard at times and turning the puck over at will but when it clicked they fired home two goals in just 22 seconds.
Jihyun Cho putting the finishing touch after a great pass from Jeongyeon Choi and Seongsik Cho making it 3-1 shortly after.
This would not be the end of the scoring as with a couple of minutes to play, a broken play left Robert Gyorgy with a golden opportunity and he made no mistake to bring Romania within one.
The second period was full of missed power play chances for both teams but especially Romania who spurned a full two minute-two man advantage.
That chance for Romania would come just after Byung Gun Kim had made it 4-2 for Korea.
With the period winding down Korea were still going all out for more goals and Romania hit them with a sucker punch as Istvan Gereb found the net with 18 seconds left to play.

The game would turn on it’s head at the midway point of the third as it was Romania’s turn to score a quick fire double and take a 5-4 lead. Gabriel Barbu with a blast after a blocked shot fell into his path and Istvan Gereb with his second of the game, smashing the puck home after a pair of rebounds.
Both special teams had been pretty toothless up until this point but with a late man advantage, Korea took advantage of Jae Min Lee being left alone in the slot to tie up the game.
A huge glove save by the Romanian goaltender with just over a minute to play took the game to overtime at 5-5. There were no real chances in the extra five minutes but the lights did go out, meaning there were a ten minute delay in action.
The game then took a stranger turn of events in the shootout as Chonghyun Lee thought he’d scored on the first shot of the game as the red light went on. The officials waived it off with the net dislodged.
Given as no goal then Romania missed there chances, we were in for another delay as the officials asked for the holes to be drilled at both ends of the ice.
Seongsik Cho was made to wait an age while this happened but showed composure to score.
As Romania missed their second shot Hyeongcheol Song had the chance to win the game and he did just that with a nice dangle and finish.

Final: Romania 5 Korea 6 SOW (Romania 1 Point – Korea 2 Points)
Best Player of the game:
Romania: Attila Adorjan
Korea: Hyeongcheol Song

Game Two Croatia v Lithuania

This game had a much slower start as both teams seemed to be testing one another out, like boxers throwing jabs before releasing that big punch.
After a scoreless first period it was Lithuania who delivered that huge uppercut with three goals in the second frame.
Just over a minute in and Arturas Laukaitis beat the Croatian netminder with a fancy backhand to forehand move to open the scoring.
Four minutes later and the lead was doubled as a wrist shot from Deivid Cetvertak found it’s way in with plenty of traffic in front.
Lithuania then got their power play clicking on the second attempt, Edgar Protcenko credited with the goal although it looked as though it may have been tipped in front.
Erikas Sadauskas looked like he’s made it 4-0 but his zinger of a shot could only find the iron.
After only managing seven shots through two periods Croatia made a better start to the third period but that vanished after taking a lazy penalty which put them on the back foot once more.
Lithuania would pretty much shut down the game until scoring on late with a power play goal from Edvinas Boroska who placed his backhand shot top shelf.
Final: Croatia 0 Lithuania 4 (Croatia 0 Points – Lithuania 3 Points)
Best Player of the game:
Croatia: Vilim Rosandic
Lithuania: Artur Pavliukov

Game Three Netherlands v Great Britain
Disappointment for Team GB as they played solid hockey for most of this encounter before a lack of discipline came back to bite them in the third period.
Despite not taking advantage of two early power plays the Dutch still opened the scoring with less than six minutes on the clock. An offensive zone rebound producing a shot and then a rebound which Wessel Copier jammed home.
A couple of minutes GB responded as they tucked home a loose rebound in front with Lee Bonner the recipient of the gift from the Netherlands net minder.
It would take only a further 65 seconds for GB to take the lead as Sam Duggan breezed around the outside of the Netherlands defense before handcuffing the goaltender with his backhand shot.
The game would be tied heading into the second as the Dutch scored a goal out of nothing with 39 seconds left on the clock.
Guus van Nes the recipient of the broken player and the game stood at 2-2.
out of nothing Netherland get a break down the left
The second frame was much tighter but GB controlled most of the play and got their just rewards four minutes in. A gorgeous feed from Captain Lewis Hook into Duggan, who applied the finish.
GB came close to adding to their lead as Atwell had a puck trickle across the line before another effort was well stopped and the rebound only just eluded Betteridge.
Lee Bonner so nearly got his second of the game but was denied trying to beat the goaltender upstairs.
The turning point game at the midway marker of the third as GB allowed their opponents coveted time on the man advantage.
Vogelaar with two goals in two minutes as the Netherland took a 4-3 lead.
Straight from the face-off after that go-ahead goal, GB responded to tie the game.
Antonov and Betteridge combining to set up Forbes.
It was to be short lived however as Guus van Nes scored his second goal of the game to put his team ahead once more.
GB pressed for the tying goal once more but couldn’t force one home, despite some late power plays of their own and Hermens sealed the 6-4 victory with an empty netter inside the last minute.
Final: Netherlands 6 Great Britain 4 (Netherlands 3 Points – Great Britain 0 Points)
Best Player of the game:
Netherlands: Guus van Nes
Great Britain: Sam Duggan







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