IIHF Men’s U18 WC (Div 2/GrpA) Day Two Review

Tuesday 25th March 2014
Day Two

Game Four Croatia v Romania

The early going of this game gave us no indication of the crazy scoring spurts that were to follow.
Both teams testing one another out, the closest any team came was when Szilard Rokaly hit the post of the Croatian net.
It would be the Croatian who opened the scoring at 13:28 on a shorthanded breakaway.
Luka Jarcov did well to keep his balance despite being tripped from behind and finished top shelf.
Less than a minute later and it was 2-0 Croatia on yet another breakaway. This time Platuzic with a low shot beating the Romanian goalie.
Croatia survived a penalty kill and made it 3-0 before the end of the period. Milicic the scorer after good work from Platuzic.
The game became a little more physical in the second period but it didn’t stop the Croatian’s scoring.
Platuzic with his second of the game and it was 4-0.
Romania needed a response and they got one within a couple of minutes.
Creanaga finally scoring after Rosandic had pulled off a string of fine saves.
The Rokaly brothers both came close to making it a two goal game before the buzzer sounded.
Romania needed to score the next goal in the third period and they would go better by scoring two goals in as many minutes.
Croatia fell asleep and were made to pay as Gereb and Szilard Rokaly both found the twine.
Croatia’s response was swift as Gjoni swept past the Romanian defense with speed to make it 5-3
Romania yet again responded to make it a one goal game as Gereb tallied once more.
That made it four goals scored inside the first nine minutes of the final frame.
Romania pushed and pressed looking for the tying goal but were unable to do so, in fact Croatia were unlucky not to increase their lead further in a frantic finish to the game.
Final: Croatia 5 Romania 4 (Croatia 3 Points – Romania 0 Points)
Best player of the game:
Croatia: Renato Platuzic
Romania: Istvan Gereb

Game Five Lithuania v Netherlands

Unlike the first game of the day, this one was off to a fast and furious start.
Netherlands taking the lead inside a minute through Guus van Nes with Ilja Cetvertak responding for Lithuania with just 2:25 on the clock.
Lithuania would build on that tying goal and take the lead as a beautiful pass from Ilja Cetvertak was converted by Laukaitis.
Netherlands thought they had tied the game up in the first shift after conceding but the puck hit the iron and somehow stayed out.
Netherlands though they had equalised right away but hit the iron and stayed out
Laukaitis would double his tally early in the second period with a short handed marker in a period Lithuania mostly dominated.
The third was more of the same as Lithuania heavily outshot Netherland and Laukaitis had a chance to get his hat-trick with a penalty shot, but his weak effort was easily stopped.
A pretty comfortable 3-1 victory for the Lithuanians who kept the potent looking Netherlands offense to 19 shots on goal and scoreless on the power play.
Final: Lithuania 3 Netherlands 1 (Lithuania 3 Points – Netherlands 0 Points)
Best player of the game:
Lithuania: Arturas Laukaitis
Netherlands: Jord Smit

Game Six Korea v Great Britain

Another defeat for GB in a game they played well in but sadly a lack of discipline and mistakes at crucial times cost them.
GB made the perfect start as Duggan controlled the play around the puck of the net before throwing a pass out front to Forbes who tucked home.
That goal came within 90 seconds and was the only tally in the first period as both teams power plays looked a little toothless with only a couple of gilt edge chances coming at the end of the frame.
Korea started the second period much better than the first and after a turnover in the GB zone, Jae Min Lae fired his shot over the shoulder of Hedley to tie the fame.
Inside four minutes and Korea took a 2-1 lead as a tip in front from Woonjae Choi gave Hedley no chance.
GB to their credit responded in 26 seconds with Benjamin Richards using a Korean defenseman to screen his low shot.
From this point the game started to unravel for the hosts as Korea capitalised on the power play.
Chonghyun Lee making use of the man advantage to make it 3-2.
The teams would then exchange a pair of even strength goals as Hyeongsu Jeong and Sam Duggan scored within a minute.
Trailing going into the third GB needed a spark and were presented with a 5 on 3 man advantage.
Failing to capitalise on this, it was Korea who blew the game wide open with two quick goals to leave them up 6-3 with only seven minutes to play.
You could never level the criticism of GB that they give up and there was still to be some late drama.
Ivan Antonov making it 6-4 at 57:46 and then netting a power play marker with 40 seconds remaining in regulation.
There was to be no dramatic final tying goal as GB dropped their second straight game that should have yielded points of some kind.
Final: Korea 6 Great Britain 5 (Korea 3 Points – GB 0 Points)
Best player of the game:
Korea: Seongsik Cho
Great Britain: Harvey Stead

1) Lithuania         6 Points
2) Korea              5 Points
3) Netherlands    3 Points
4) Croatia            3 Points
5) Romania          1 Point
6) GB                   0 Points





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