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

Saturday 29th March 2014
Day Four

Game Ten Netherlands v Korea

Netherlands became the first team to shut down the offensive powerhouse that has been Korea in this tournament and went on to record a comfortable looking.
At even strength the Dutch team were able to clog up the neutral zone and negate the Korean’s speed.
They would almost take the lead but Den Edel’s snap shot would ring off the iron.
Korea would be handed three straight first period power plays which they couldn’t take advantage of and in the second of those the Netherlands’ were able to open the scoring with a shorthanded marker.
Van Nes sending Hermens away on the breakaway and his backhand finish was sublime.
The same two players would combine twice before the midway point of the game with Van Nes tallying both goals to give the Netherlands a 3-0 lead.
They weren’t done in the third period as Kluijtmans made it a 4-0 lead and it wasn’t undeserved.
Korea became increasing frustrated and undisciplined at the end of the second frame but recovered after the intermission to begin a fight back.
Chongyhun Lee and Hyeongcheol Song scoring within the first nine minutes to give Korea thought’s about a comeback
The Netherlands would go back to basics like the first frame and shut down the Korean’s to record their second victory of the tournament.
Final: Netherlands 4 Korea 2 (Netherlands 3 Points – Korea 0 Points)

Game Eleven Lithuania v Romania

Lithuania needed to win in regulation to stay in control of the group and they did just that with an emphatic victory over Romania.
Deivid Cetervak and the highly impressive Laukaitis combining for a pair of goals inside of twelve minutes to set the tone.
Romania would have five chances on the power play during the first two periods but weren’t able to take advantage. Lithuania made them pay with a dominant start to the final frame in which they sealed their victory and three points.
Three goals inside the first 4:13 made it a 5-0 game with player of the game Donatas Vitte making it 6-0 with less than eight to play.
By the time Romania finally got their power play going to was too little too late but at least they averted being shutout as Gyorgy found the net.
Final: Lithuania 6 Romania 1 (Lithuania 3 Points – Romania 0 Points)
Best player of the game:
Lithuania: Donatas Vitte
Romania: Norbert Rokaly

Game Twelve Great Britain v Croatia

GB took a 7-1 beating from the fast improving Croatian team but the scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story in what was a completive game for the most part.
There wasn’t much between the two sides early and it would take a horrible turnover in their own zone for GB to fall behind with Pavicevic taking advantage of the gift. Two minutes later and Croatia doubled the lead through Milicic.
A disastrous start to the second period really put GB behind the eight ball as they allowed their opponents to score twice within 28 seconds. Gjoni on the power play and Krnic at even strength, meant GB’s head coach calling a timeout and Hedley replacing Bell-Blake between the pipes.
It made little difference though as Pavicevic made it 5-0 two minutes later with his second of the game.
To GB’s credit they did not give up and kept pushing in order to break the shutout.
Rosandic in net was up to his usual tricks as he turned everything aside.
Great Britain would have until the last minute of the game to finally get the puck past the Croatian net minder as Attwell scored but the game was long gone by then.
Final: Great Britain 1 Croatia 7 (GB 0Points – Croatia 3 Points)
Best player of the game:
Great Britain: Joshua Grieveson
Croatia: Vilim Rosandic

On the last day there is everything to fight for as four teams scrap it out for medals, while realistically two of those are fighting for promotion.
Netherlands face Romania first with the former knowing a win will most likely gain them a medal while Romania need a regulation win to have any chance of avoiding regulation.
Korea and Croatia play second and know they both need a regulation victory to put any pressure on Lithuania who lead the group by a point, and face GB in the last game of the day. GB will not want to be needing the pressure of having to gain at least a point to stay up so we’ll be cheering for the Netherlands in the first game!

13:00 Romania v Netherlands
16:30 Korea v Croatia
20:00 GBR v Lithuania


1) Lithuania 10 Points
2) Croatia 9 Points
3) Korea 7 Points
4) Netherlands 6 Points
5) GB 3 Points
6) Romania 1 Point




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