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  1. Mens Division I Group A World Championships 2017 in Kyiv (UKR) Day 6 Schedule (27th April 2017) GMT +3 17:00 Poland vs Hungary 20:30 Austria vs South Korea *If South Korea win this match (Doesn´t matter if in Regulation Time or after Overtime) South Korea will re-write the sport and Ice Hockey history confirming their first ever historic promotion into the Top Division. Livestream
  2. MEN'S DIVISION I GROUP B WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Round-Robin DAY 3 Japan 6 - 2 Estonia Period-by-Period: 1-0, 3-1, 2-1 April 26th 2017, h. 12:30, SSE Arena, Belfast HIGHLIGHTS Netherlands 2 - 6 Croatia Period-by-Period: 0-4, 1-1, 1-1 April 26th 2017, h. 16:00, SSE Arena, Belfast HIGHLIGHTS Great Britain 5 - 2 Lithuania Period-by-Period: 4-1, 0-0, 1-1 April 26th 2017, h. 19:30, SSE Arena, Belfast HIGHLIGHTS Round-Robin Provisional Standing After Day 3 Nation P W(OTW) L(OTL) GF GA +/- Pt. Japan 3 3(0) 0(0) 16 5 +11 9 Great Britain 3 3(0) 0(0) 14 5 +9 9 Lithuania 3 2(0) 1(0) 13 5 +8 6 Croatia 3 1(0) 2(0) 10 10 0 3 Estonia 3 0(0) 3(0) 3 14 -11 0 Netherlands 3 0(0) 3(0) 3 20 -17 0
  3. MEN'S DIVISION I GROUP A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Round-Robin DAY 5 Kazakhstan 4 - 2 Ukraine Period-by-Period: 2-0, 0-2, 2-0 April 26th 2017, h. 20:30, Palace of Sports, Kyiv HIGHLIGHTS
  4. MEN'S DIVISION I GROUP A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Round-Robin DAY 5 Kazakhstan 4 - 2 Ukraine Period-by-Period: 2-0, 0-2, 2-0 April 26th 2017, h. 20:30, Palace of Sports, Kyiv Kazakhstan in, Ukraine down Last-period goals seal win for favourites Kazakhstan beat Ukraine 4-2 to remain in race for promotion while the fourth loss for the hosts means it will be relegated back to the Division I Group B. Kazakhstan improved its record to 3-1 to remain in contention for a top-two spot and continue its ambition to return to the top division. Ukraine needed at least one point to keep hopes alive to stay in this group. The team battled hard and came back from a 2-0 deficit but Kazakhstan was too strong, outshot the Ukrainians 47-22 and eventually got the expected win after two third-period goals. Nigel Dawes gave Kazakhstan the lead after just three-and-a-half minutes when he redirected a shot from the blue line by Maxim Semyonov through Bodgan Dyachenko’s five-hole. The 18-year-old goaltender who led HC Donbass to the Ukrainian championship recently got a rough start in his debut but eventually made 43 saves and had a 91.49% save percentage in his debut in an IIHF men’s championship. “We trusted in him from the beginning and he became more confident with every save,” said Ukraine’s assistant coach Pavlo Mikhonik. The Ukrainians got hope when Kazakhstan took three consecutive penalties during the rest of the period but it didn’t result in more than a post shot. With one second left in the period Martin St-Pierre made it a two-goal gap after a pass from behind the net from Brandon Bochenski. “We haven’t had any easy games here. We got the win and we’re back on track, that’s what we needed in the end,” said Bochenski, who contributed three points to the 4-2 win. “They were smart. They played good defensively and were waiting for counter-attacks and scored on their chances. That’s how to play if I was them.” At 14:24 of the second period Dmytro Nimenko eventually made the home crowd cheer when he concluded a successful Ukrainian attack after a side pass in front of the net from Olexander Pobiedonostsev to make it a 2-1 deficit. And it took less than a minute and the game was tied at two. Sergei Babynets got the puck on the left side, skated and got little opposition from Kazakh defenceman Alexander Lipin to be able to shoot and score. “We had more chances but when we were up 2-0 our players played risky. The Ukrainian team was quite active until the end,” said Kazakhstan coach Eduard Zankovets, who took his time-out after the 2-2 goal. Kazakhstan made up for the blackout early in the third period. At 1:59 Nikita Mikhailis skated through the Ukrainian defence after a great pass from Roman Starchenko to regain his team the lead. And Bochenski made it 4-2 with his shot from the face-off dot on a power play with three minutes left in the game. “We became more confident in the second period but the Canadian players on the Kazakh team are much stronger than our players,” said Mikhonik.
  5. MEN'S DIVISION I GROUP A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Round-Robin DAY 5 Kazakhstan 4 - 2 Ukraine Period-by-Period: 2-0, 0-2, 2-0 April 26th 2017, h. 20:30, Palace of Sports, Kyiv Round-Robin Provisional Standing After Day 5 Nation P W(OTW) L(OTL) GF GA +/- Pt. South Korea 3 3(0) 0(0) 12 5 +7 9 Kazakhstan 4 3(1) 1(0) 10 9 +1 8 Austria 3 2(0) 1(0) 6 4 +2 6 Poland 3 1(0) 2(1) 4 6 -2 4 Hungary 3 1(0) 2(0) 7 9 -2 3 Ukraine 4 0(0) 4(0) 6 12 -6 0
  6. Friendly Matches 26th April 2017 Mens Road to World Championships Switzerland - Denmark 4-5
  7. hey bite your tongue btw just watching the statistics, quite alarming, especially the penalities. 12-0 Penalty minutes only in first period...wow, you played more than half of the period shorthanded clearly there some problems with discipline. but overall it wasn´t so one-sided as the result would say. the problem were the 21 seconds between 13:29 and 13:50 when you conceded 3 goals !!! after this the match gone, you can see the moment in the video from 0:27 to 0:50
  8. Still confusing, considering your speed skating and field hockey world dominance
  9. yep, not at all but what a first period for Croatia
  10. http://cdn.livetvcdn.net/webplayer.php?t=ifrx&c=680059&lang=en&eid=524751&lid=680059&ci=1265&si=2
  11. [hide] Preliminary Round April 27th - May 2nd, 2017 16 Nations, 4 Groups, 1st and 2nd Nations from each Group will qualify for Quarterfinals Group A Date and Venue Team 1 T1 T2 Team 2 April 27th 2017, h. 17:00, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Ecuador 2 Senegal April 27th 2017, h. 20:00, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Bahamas 4 Switzerland April 29th 2017, h. 17:00, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Switzerland 2 Ecuador April 29th 2017, h. 20:00, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Senegal 2 Bahamas May 1st 2017, h. 17:00, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Switzerland 3 Senegal May 1st 2017, h. 20:00, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Bahamas 3 Ecuador Group B Date and Venue Team 1 T1 T2 Team 2 April 27th 2017, h. 15:30, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Iran 2 Mexico April 27th 2017, h. 18:30, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Nigeria 3 Italy April 29th 2017, h. 15:30, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Italy 2 Iran April 29th 2017, h. 18:30, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Mexico 2 Nigeria May 1st 2017, h. 15:30, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Italy 3 Mexico May 1st 2017, h. 18:30, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Nigeria 3 Iran Group C Date and Venue Team 1 T1 T2 Team 2 April 28th 2017, h. 17:00, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Portugal 5 Panama April 28th 2017, h. 20:00, Nassau Stadium, Nassau UA Emirates 3 Paraguay April 30th 2017, h. 17:00, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Paraguay 3 Portugal April 30th 2017, h. 20:00, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Panama 3 UA Emirates May 2nd 2017, h. 17:00, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Paraguay 2 Panama May 2nd 2017, h. 20:00, Nassau Stadium, Nassau UA Emirates 7 Portugal Group D Date and Venue Team 1 T1 T2 Team 2 April 28th 2017, h. 15:30, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Japan 2 Poland April 28th 2017, h. 18:30, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Brazil 5 Tahiti April 30th 2017, h. 15:30, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Tahiti 3 Japan April 30th 2017, h. 18:30, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Poland 6 Brazil May 2nd 2017, h. 15:30, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Tahiti 4 Poland May 2nd 2017, h. 18:30, Nassau Stadium, Nassau Brazil 4 Japan [/hide]
  12. Mens Division I Group A World Championships 2017 in Kyiv (UKR) Day 5 Schedule (26th April 2017) GMT +3 20:30 Kazakhstan vs Ukraine *Existential match for the hosts, If Ukraine will not earn any point from this match (lose in regulation time) Ukraine will be officially relegated to next years Division I Group B. Livestream Mens Division I Group B World Championships 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland (GBR) Day 3 Schedule (26th April 2017) GMT +1 12:30 Japan vs Estonia 16:00 Netherlands vs Croatia ( @heywoodu vs @dcro ) 19:30 Great Britain vs Lithuania Livestream
  13. MEN'S DIVISION I GROUP A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Round-Robin DAY 4 Ukraine 0 - 1 Austria Period-by-Period: 0-0, 0-1, 0-0 April 25th 2017, h. 20:30, Palace of Sports, Kyiv HIGHLIGHTS
  14. MEN'S DIVISION I GROUP A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Round-Robin DAY 4 Ukraine 0 - 1 Austria Period-by-Period: 0-0, 0-1, 0-0 April 25th 2017, h. 20:30, Palace of Sports, Kyiv Austria wins battle One goal vs. Ukraine, four injuries Ukraine delivered Austria a tough battle but the “eagles” won 1-0. By the end of the game four players from both teams were missing due to injuries. “It was a tough game, it was just one goal. We lost Thomas Raffl after he blocked a shot in the last game and Layne Viveiros, during the game we lost Stefan Ulmer. In the end we just had 17 players, that’s very special,” said Austria coach Roger Bader. Raffl tried to play but had to give up the plan after the warm-up. Also the Ukrainian coach had to react during the game as Yuri Petrangovsky left the game due to an old groin injury and is not likely to return as the team announced. Austria needed a win in order to stay in the race for promotion and to avoid a relegation battle while winless Ukraine needed to win in order to survive in this group. The favourites had a better start and a lot of power plays. Ukraine took six minor penalties in the period, Austria two. “The emotions were quite difficult in the beginning. Many of the penalties were silly and careless. The absence of calmness and decisiveness in the crucial moments was missing. The opponent was quite active and didn’t allow us to create many opportunities,” said Ukrainian assistant coach Dmytro Pidgursky. Austria outshot Ukraine 20-5 in the first period but didn’t capitalize on its many chances while Eduard Zakharchenko had a strong night in the Ukrainian net. “Yesterday we had a great power play against Hungary, today it was not successful. Normally if you have that many shots you should score goals but the Ukrainian box play and the goalie were very good,” Bader said. Ukraine didn’t manage to create too many opportunities but with Zakharchenko keeping his team in the game, the possibility was always there to score an upset, or at least a goal. They came out stronger in the second period and had some opportunities. Like at 12:59 when Sergi Babynets’ shot just hit the crossbar. Three minutes later the Austrians eventually netted the puck on a power play, their seventh of the game. Martin Schumnig shot from the blue line and the puck went in deflected by Daniel Woger. “We started strong but we didn’t capitalize on our chances despite playing 5-on-3 for over two minutes twice in the first period. But we stayed patient. The Ukrainians put us under pressure for a couple of minutes in the second period but we defended well and were lucky enough to score a power-play goal and defended the lead until the very end,” said Schumnig. “We could have won higher if we had converted the countless of shots but we also have to thank Bernhard [Starkbaum], who did great goaltending and saved us from a loss or tie.” With that goal the game was still far from over. Ukraine created more scoring opportunities in the third period. Vitali Lyalka had the biggest chance on a breakaway attempt at 4:40 but Schumnig prevented him from shooting. With the win Austria moved up to second place with six points from two games and seems to be safe from the relegation battle while being enabled to dream of higher ambitions. The next opponent is Korea on Thursday. “We will have a big game against Korea. We saw them last year and we played them in November. We saw how they have improved, so we are not surprised that they play so well here,” said Bader. Ukraine on the other hand sits on the bottom of the standings with zero points. If the hosts don’t gain points in tomorrow night’s game against Kazakhstan, the last place and relegation will be their fate even before the last round on Friday. “The chances are always there and our attitude is always to battle for victory even if we have to die on the ice,” Petrangovsky puts it martially before tomorrow’s game.
  15. MEN'S DIVISION I GROUP A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Round-Robin DAY 4 Ukraine 0 - 1 Austria Period-by-Period: 0-0, 0-1, 0-0 April 25th 2017, h. 20:30, Palace of Sports, Kyiv Round-Robin Provisional Standing After Day 4 Nation P W(OTW) L(OTL) GF GA +/- Pt. South Korea 3 3(0) 0(0) 12 5 +7 9 Austria 3 2(0) 1(0) 6 4 +2 6 Kazakhstan 3 2(1) 1(0) 6 7 -1 5 Poland 3 1(0) 2(1) 4 6 -2 4 Hungary 3 1(0) 2(0) 7 9 -2 3 Ukraine 3 0(0) 3(0) 4 8 -4 0
  16. ROAD TO MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 DAYS -10 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10 Days to Go, Time to introduce another participating Team of the 2017 World Championships, today its the turn of Sweden, Out of the medals for the last two years, Sweden looks to get back on the podium in Cologne. SWEDEN
  17. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE participants known 32 teams to play in top European club competition With the decision of the Slovakian Extraliga, the 32 teams that will compete in the 2017/18 Champions Hockey League are known. Banska Bystrica won the Slovak Extraliga on Saturday night, defeating HK Nitra 6-2 to win the best-of-seven series in five games. With that decision, all participants of the 2017/18 Champions Hockey League season are now known. Founding Leagues (team allocation according to CHL league ranking) Sweden (5 teams): Brynas Gavle, HV71 Jönköping, Frolunda Gothenburg, Malmo Redhawks, Vaxjo Lakers. Finland (5): IFK Helsinki, Jyp Jyvaskyla, KalPa Kuopio, Tappara Tampere, TPS Turku. Switzerland (4): EV Zug, HC Davos, SC Bern, ZSC Lions Zurich. Czech Republic (4): Bili Tigry Liberec, Ocelari Trinec, Kometa Brno, Mountfield Hradec Kralove. Germany (3): Adler Mannheim, Grizzlys Wolfsburg, Red Bull Munich. Austria/EBEL (3): KAC Klagenfurt, Red Bull Salzburg, Vienna Capitals. Criteria within each league: 1. CHL Champion, 2. National League Champion, 3. Regular season winners, 4. Regular season runner-up, 5. Losing playoff-finalist, 6. Higher regular season ranked losing semi-finalist, 7. Lower regular season ranked losing semi-finalist, 8. Third placed team in regular season In addition, the following champions from “challenge leagues” are qualified for the CHL: Slovakia: Banska Bystrica Norway: Stavanger Oilers Belarus: Neman Grodno Denmark: Esbjerg Energy Great Britain: Cardiff Devils France: Gap Rapaces Poland: Cracovia Krakow IIHF Continental Cup winner: Nottingham Panthers As soon all involved national leagues are decided – which will be Thursday, 29 April at the latest – the qualified teams will be ranked and placed into four baskets of eight teams each, in preparation for the CHL Group Stage Draw. The Draw takes place on 17 May in Cologne during the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. 2017/18 Playing format The Group Stage starts on 24 August and finishes on 11 October. The total of 32 teams are divided into eight groups of four and each team plays six games – one home and one away against the other three teams in its group. The first- and second-placed teams in each group then advance to the Playoff Stage. With 16 teams in the playoffs, four rounds are required to determine the European club champions. The first three rounds are all two-game, home-and-away, total-goal series, similar to the previous seasons. The playoffs start on 31 October and finish with an ultimate one-game final on 6 February 2018.
  18. MEN'S DIVISION I GROUP A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Round-Robin DAY 4 Hungary 1 - 3 South Korea Period-by-Period: 0-0, 1-1, 0-2 April 25th 2017, h. 17:00, Palace of Sports, Kyiv Sanghoon! Sangwoo! Korea leads with three straight wins Korea also won its third game of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A in Kyiv, 3-1 vs. Hungary. The chance to earn promotion rises. For Korea it’s the second win in history against Hungary after a 5-4 victory in shootout on the opponent’s ice in Budapest in 2013. Hungary avenged the loss at the Division I event one year later, beating Korea on its ice in Goyang 7-4, but this time Korea took the three points and continues to lead the group as the only team without a loss. “It was a great game with two hockey teams battling really hard and the better end for us,” said Korean head coach Jim Paek, who thanked the Hungarian Ice Hockey Federation for its help and friendship that helped raise the standard of Korean hockey. “Hockey is a funny game. We try to control what we can control. Sometimes a lucky bounce or a penalty call can change a game. You have to get all the stars and moons lined up and with your work ethic you hope to have some success.” 10 months before hosting the Olympics the Koreans are playing stronger than ever. After a day off tomorrow they could secure a top-two placing at this tournament in the game on Thursday against Austria and promotion to the top division for the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark. “We’ve seen their federation evolve in the commitment they have made in developing their program, that’s why they’re 3-0 in the tournament. They’re very well coached. The Asian mentality is very disciplined. They played a very disciplined style in their first three games and if you play like that you usually prevail. They didn’t allow us to generate a lot of offensive opportunities,” said Hungary coach Rich Chernomaz Korea outshot Hungary 33-23 and broke the deadlock with two goals in the third period. This time it was the native Koreans who seized the opportunity with Kisung Kim, Sanghoon Shin and Sangwoo Sin scoring the three goals. “Things happened as we expected. We were fully prepared that they’d come out strong,” Sanghoon Shin, who scored the game-winning goal, said. “We’re not surprised that we won three games because we are trying really hard to get better every day. We want people to see us and to look forward to our development and bright future.” Korea, the only undefeated team after two days, again had a strong start but despite a 13-5 shot advantage the first period remained scoreless. Hungary seized the opportunity when Bryan Young and Young Jun Lee were both assessed penalties for high-sticking and they got a 5-on-3 opportunity. After a pass from Janos Hari, Bence Sziranyi sent off a long shot that Daniel Koger deflected past Korea’s Eric Regan and through Matt Dalton’s five-hole at 3:45. The game continued to be at par and the teams stayed disciplined not allowing too many good chances. Vilmos Gallo had the biggest one nine minutes after the goal when he almost made it 2-0 for Hungary after a giveaway but his shot hit the crossbar. Korea eventually found back at 15:43. Jin Hui Ahn missed a chance in front of the net but Sangwook Kim got the puck, sent a horizontal pass from right to left and Kisung Kim converted it to tie the game at one. In the third period a bizarre goal from Sanghoon Shin gave Korea its first lead of the game. Shin assisted himself with a shot went wide the net and hit the end board, then shot from an acute angle from the right on the rebound. Although Hungary goalie Bence Balizs seemed to cover the corner, Shin’s shot found its way past the netminder into the net at 6:31. “When I was in front of the goal I tried to get a second shot and just put it in and it turned out well,” he commented his goal. For Hungary coach Chernomaz the game-winner was symbolic for Korea and its success in Kyiv. “They went until the end. When you do that opposed to making another play or pass, situations like that arise. They used their speed and we didn’t defend very well in that situation. They executed when they needed to especially in the third period and we didn’t,” he said. The teams exchanged tripping penalties after the goal. Krisztian Nagy tripped Korea captain Woosang Park, who fell into the boards, but Korea didn’t capitalize on the man advantage. Neither did Hungary when Bryan Young tripped Keegan Dansereau on the way to the net giving the Hungarians a power play and an opportunity to tie the game. It was a breakaway that gave Korea the 3-1 goal. Sangwoo Sin shone with a nice deke against Bence Sziranyi at centre ice before beating Balizs with his shot. Hungary didn’t manage to close the gap anymore. Korea won again, and it did it again with a great third-period effort.
  19. MEN'S DIVISION I GROUP A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Round-Robin DAY 4 Hungary 1 - 3 South Korea Period-by-Period: 0-0, 1-1, 0-2 April 25th 2017, h. 17:00, Palace of Sports, Kyiv
  20. MEN'S DIVISION I GROUP A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Round-Robin DAY 4 Kazakhstan (OT)1 - 0 Poland Period-by-Period: 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, OT: 1-0 April 25th 2017, h. 13:30, Palace of Sports, Kyiv HIGHLIGHTS
  21. MEN'S DIVISION I GROUP A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Round-Robin DAY 4 Kazakhstan (OT)1 - 0 Poland Period-by-Period: 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, OT: 1-0 April 25th 2017, h. 13:30, Palace of Sports, Kyiv Dallman saves Kazakhstan Scores OT winner, only goal vs. Poland Kazakhstan beat Poland 1-0 in overtime to remain in contention for promotion at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A. The Kazakhs wanted to make up for their historic loss against Korea but it was the Poles who had the better start. They outshot Kazakhstan in the first two periods while the Kazakhs had a plus in the third. In a goalies’ game blueliner Kevin Dallman scored the difference-making goal at 1:39 of the 3-on-3 overtime period. “We had a lot of chances, they’re goalie was good. They had a lot of chances, our goalie played good. It’s a tough tournament. You play back-to-back,” Dallman said. “We just have to continue now, get a rest for the game against Ukraine tomorrow. All the teams here are pretty good, they are the home team here, it will be a good atmosphere. We have to play our game and will hopefully get another win.” Tight wins against Poland were key for Kazakhstan to earn promotion in 2015 in Krakow and 2011 here at the Palace of Sports in Kyiv. The last time the Kazakh men’s national team lost to Poland in an IIHF-sanctioned game was in 2007 when Poland won 5-2 in Qiqihar, China. “It was a difficult game because both teams played at the same level. The goalies played well. All teams have a chance to win here. We played better than in our last game and had better chances,” said Kazakhstan head coach Eduard Zankovets. Kazakhstan has won its Division I tournaments in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 to earn promotion back to the top division and aims to continue this pattern again in 2017. A loss to Poland would have been a big blow after the defeat against Korea two days ago. Now hopes are back to make it for Kazakhstan while for Poland the hope to get to the top level for the first time since 2002 is fading after two losses in three games. Poland tightly missed a top-two position to earn promotion when it took bronze both times in the last two years when the country hosted the event in Krakow and Katowice respectively. “We knew before this game that it would be a tough test for us and for our goalie because they have good and skilled players but we defended well. We had our chances to score too but we didn’t,” commented Poland’s assistant coach Torbjorn Johansson. “After the third period we had to be happy to get at least one point.” There have been enough chances of course to end the game earlier for either side. Like midway the second period when Kazakh goalie Vitali Kolesnik cleared a puck when it was sliding on its way to the goal line. Or when Polish goalie Przemyslaw Odrobny made an excellent pad save after a shot from Dallman was deflected in front of his net. It was the goaltenders who were in the centre of attention with Poland outshooting Kazakhstan 29-27 during 60 scoreless minutes. Then came the 3-on-3 extra period and it didn’t last long. The “Kazucks”, players from the Canada-born contingent, were on the ice to win their team an extra point. Nigel Dawes along the left boards found Dallman in central position whose shot went in over Odrobny. It was the 59th shot of the game that ended it in Kazakhstan’s favour. “It’s a 3-on-3 overtime, anything can happen when you get a chance,” Dallman said. “Dawzy made a nice pass and I closed my eyes and shot it and it went in. It’s a good win but we still have to focus on two more games.”
  22. MEN'S DIVISION I GROUP A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Round-Robin DAY 4 Kazakhstan (OT)1 - 0 Poland Period-by-Period: 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, OT: 1-0 April 25th 2017, h. 13:30, Palace of Sports, Kyiv
  23. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016/2017 SLOVAKIA HC 05 BANSKÁ BYSTRICA 1st League Title ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- First title for Banska Bystrica Slovak Extraliga has a new champion This time they made it! HC 05 Banská Bystrica is Slovak champion for the first time ever. Congrats! HC ‘05 Banska Bystrica is the new champion of Slovakia. The team based in the centre of the country won the title for the first time in history but their road to success was very hard. “You must have a lot of luck and we had it, but without that it is impossible. This team has power, character, great leaders and amazing fans. We believed that we could accomplish our goal this time,” said Banska Bystrica coach and former NHL player Vladimir Orszagh. And he exactly knew why he said that. Banska Bystrica participated in the Extraliga final for the third time in a row, but only this time they finished top. Banska Bystrica has been the favourite of the league. After the regular season they clinched first place and entered the playoffs as top-seeded team. In the first round they beat HC Nove Zamky 4-1 in the series and scored 27 goals in five game. In the next round against Martin Banska Bystrica recorded 25 goals and won the series 4-1 as well. The final series against Nitra was a big challenge for coach Orszahg after the history of lost finals. This time though it started better for the players from the Banska Bystrica as they won the first game 4-1. It looked like everything would go well for them, but the second game brought victory for the defending champion Nitra, 4-3. “We got into the game with great activity and enthusiasm. We had many shots and chances. We deserved at least one win in Banska Bystrica,” said Nitra coach Andrej Kmec. So, after the first two games the players of the defending champion were in a good position. The series moved to Nitra and the home crowd was hoping for other victories. Nitra started their initial home game like everyone wanted. Although they were back from the 11th minute, they managed to score the two goals with five minutes to go in the game and were leading 2-1. But Pavol Skalicky tied the game. Everyone was waiting for the extra time but 21 seconds before the end Brock Higgins shocked Nitra with the game-winning goal for Banska Bystrica. “It was a great victory,” said Banska Bystrica defenceman Michal Sersen after the game. “In the end we were luckier and I am very happy we earned another win. We made one more step, but it's not over yet.” After this win the Nitra players knew they had to win at least their second home game of the final series, otherwise they would end up losing the whole series. The game started better for Nitra scoring the first goal after nine minutes. After that no one managed to score and everything looked like Nitra was going to tie the series. But Banska Bystrica came with tying goal with 90 seconds left in regulation time. Everyone was waiting for the overtime again when Tomas Surovy scored another goal with 57 seconds to go to give Banska Bystrica another last-minute victory. “Same as the game before. You have to play until the last second. We didn't play well from the beginning but we knew Nitra needed the victory. After that we started to come back and in the end we were luckier again,” said Banska Bystrica centre Michal Handzus. Banska Bystrica needed one more win to become the champion as the series moved to their home ice again and everything was ready for the celebrations in front of a capacity crowd of 2,841 fans. This time they made it clear early and crushed their opponent 6-2. Banska Bystrica won their first title in the history of Slovak hockey and so the ceremony could begin. “It’s a fantastic feeling. We were standing here as losers a year ago. We now wanted to win it for our fans and we did it. I am very happy for the guys who brought the final road to the winning end,” said coach Orszagh. “It's a great feeling winning the title at home,” said captan Michal Handzus who was born in Banska Bystrica. “I focused on the game 100%. Only about three minutes before the end I enjoyed the atmosphere. It's big thing for our club and the whole town,” said Handzus, who added Slovak title to Stanley Cup victory from 2010 and gold medal from World Championship in 2002 Liptovsky Mikulas and Trencin secure Extraliga spot In the play-out the first two teams from the second-tier Slovak league and last two of the Extraliga battled for two spots in the top league. Challengers Detva and Skalica played in the 12-round schedule with Liptovsky Mikulas and Dukla Trencin. For Trencin the play-out was a big disappointment. The club that developed players like Marian Gaborik, Marian Hossa and Zdeno Chara wasn’t doing very well and its future remained uncertain until the last day. Liptovsky Mikulas on the other hand secured the Extraliga spot for the next season early with a 10-2 record while Trencin was fighting to stay in the top league until the last round with a game against Detva. The team needed to win and after the very hard game they got it. “It was very difficult for us from the mental side. I knew we had a better team, but in hockey everything is possible,” said coach Julius Penzes after the 4-0 win in the last game. “When we started the season with Jan Kobezda behind the bench we had several wins. After that our key players got injured and everything came to an end with Jan's death. These days were very hard for us. Our guys were suffering, it's difficult to explain,” said Penzes, who symbolically put his forefingers in the air to dedicate this win to Jan Kobezda, who served as general manager of the team and took over the duties as head coach during the season before dying of a heart attack in January.