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Men's Ice Hockey IIHF Under 20 World Championship 2018

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hckosice    1,402

MEN´S UNDER 20

DIVISION III

2018

 

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U20 Division III concludes

Israel, China and Bulgaria win medals

 

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The Israeli players and team staff pose for a team photo after receiving their 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III gold medals

 

 

Two days before the end of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III the winner was determined. In the first game of the fourth competition day Israel beat closest rival Iceland 6-2 and secured the first place in the tournament and promotion for the next’s year Division II Group B. In the previous games the Israeli hockey talents defeated China 3-2, host Bulgaria 4-3 and Australia 7-2.

 

It was a historic day for Israeli ice hockey as the U20 national team won its first IIHF U20 event in its fourth participation. The debut was in 1997 and the next two were in 2016 and 2017 with a 4th and 5th-place finish. Israel has played in 14 IIHF U18 Championships since 2001, but has just one first place in the Division III Group B in 2013. There are no players from this winning team on the current U20 roster, but 5 years ago there was one American, Derek Eisler, on the team’s officials list as “team staff”. Since 2015 he is the head coach of all Israeli teams (Men, U20, U18) in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship program with one exception – the U18 team last year.

 

The silver and bronze medals were up for grabs on Sunday at the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia after Israel had secured the top spot and promotion on Friday.

Four teams had chances to finish in the top-three. Iceland was ahead in this race with seven points before the last game day, followed by China and Bulgaria with 6 and Australia with 5.

In the first scheduled game Israel completed its perfect record (5 wins/5 games) with a 5-0 blanking of New Zealand, which finished last with zero points. Mark Revniaga, the captain of the Israeli team, scored two goals and finished the tournament with the most goals (11) and points (15). He was selected as the best forward by the directorate of the championship. Mark, whose father was assistant coach for the Israeli team in Sofia, is playing for New York Apple Core in Brewster. Raz Werner, a goaltender for the Grastorps IK in the Swedish U20 Elite, had the only shutout in the whole event after making 26 save and finished the competition with a 2.00 GAA and a 93.41% save percentage.

“We brought a well-rounded team that had all the pieces to produce and we worked as a team the whole week. Everybody was involved and followed our game’s strategy,” said the head coach Derek Eisler. Even when his team earned the promotion on Friday, he was seen on the stands, scouting the Kiwis and preparing the tactics for the last game. So it is not a coincidence that Israel was first in almost every statistical category in the end - scoring efficiency (19,53%), power play (44,44%, 12 from 27), goaltending (92,31%) and in second place for penalty killing (84,85%).

The drama unfolded in the next matchup on Sunday: Iceland vs. Bulgaria. The hosts could finish on every position from second to fifth in the standings, depending on their match, but also on the last encounter of the day: China vs. Australia. A win for the Icelanders would guarantee them second place, a win for Bulgaria would guarantee the third place for the host nation. And the Chinese players were watching the game from closeby, cheering for the Bulgarians, so they could have a chance to finish second by defeating Australia.

Iceland was leading half of the way on an early goal by Edmunds Induss at 2:52, but in the second period Daniel Dilkov tied the score at 13:08. With his aggressive style Miroslav Vasilev took three opponents to the right circle and then passed the puck back to Dilkov, who was alone in front of the net. He was able to beat the goalie with his third try.

The third period started with power-play goal for Iceland. Six minutes later Dilkov, who plays for the MsHKM Zilina U20 team in Slovakia, scored again after carrying the puck through the neutral zone and blasting a shot from the top of the left circle. The Bulgarian top line had the upper hand on the opposition most of the time, but the score was still 2-2 when Iceland was called for icing 18.6 seconds before the end.

Stanislav Muhachev, the head coach of Bulgaria, took a time-out and drew a combination. Veselin Dikov won the faceoff and passed the puck back to Dilkov, who shot through traffic. Suddenly the puck was again on Dikov’s stick and he scored the game-winning goal from close range in the open net after the Icelandic goalie was out of position.

“I need to sit down, can’t stand on my legs right now. We thought that the faceoff will be in the right circle, so during the time-out I drew a combination for this side and then it turned out it is in the left. Nothing you can do after that. I was just watching how the puck bounced back to Dikov,” explained Muhachev immediately after the nerve-wracking game.

“It’s a great tournament for us. The only sad note is that we couldn’t beat Israel as we had our chances. But when you compare the teams in the group and our preparation, I think the third place is success. Our top line played on high level. Dilkov was impressive with his movement and skating, Vasilev showed his speed and energy. He was very emotional during the whole process and was fully involved in every moment, taking things internally. And I want of course to point out the captain – Dikov. I’ve know him since he was a child. He was a true captain and helped this team a lot with his leadership. Without him this would not be achievable.”

In the last game China defeated Australia 6-1 and took the second place having the tie-breaker against Bulgaria after beating the host badly on Thursday (10-4). The captain Rudi Ying had two goals and an assists to finish second on the tournament’s scoring list with 14 points (8+6) ahead of Dilkov (8+5) and Vasilev (5+7). The expectations were high for China as the project for developing the game in the country for the 2022 Winter Olympics is in full mode. The first two games were frustrating though – a 2-3 loss against Israel and 1-2 defeat to Iceland. After that China won three in a row with a 27-7 goal record.

“Our players are looking much better than the opposition here, but we missed our chances in the first games and made some mistakes too. We outplayed every other team, but against Israel, for example, we scored only two goals on 36 shots and allowed three on just 12 shots. If there was a playoff-system as a year ago, we would have had a chance to win it all, but this tournament is very short and you can’t afford to lose a game,” said the China’s U20 national team head coach Alexander Barkov.

“Israel won the tournament deservedly as they played smart and tactical hockey in all games. They did that against China, waiting for their chances and scored the game winning goal on a power play eight minutes to the end. Against us their coach matched his top line to our top line all the time and didn’t take any risks. It worked again,” Bulgarian head coach Muhachev explained his opinion about the tournament winner.

Iceland had to settle for fourth place while top-seeded Australia was fifth. Winless New Zealand is relegated to the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III Qualification.

 

 

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Today started in Cape Town the last U20 world championship program 2018 tournament, the Division III qualification.

 

Originally there were 3 teams considering to compete, but since for some reason Turkmenistan announced their withdrawal, the organizers decided to keep the round-robin format also for the 2 remaining teams...so we have a very strange system for this tournament. South Africa and Chinese Taipei will play during the next 3 days three matches :d the team with the highest amount of accumulated points will win the tournament and qualify for next years U20 Division III world championships.

 

here todays 1st match result

 

2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III Qualification
In Cape Town, :RSA , 5-7 February 2018

 

Monday February 5th, 2018 -

Round-Robin Day 1 Results (GMT +2)

 

20:00  :TPE Chinese Taipei  0 - 1  South Africa :RSA

 

Provisional Standing After Day 1

1. South Africa 3, 2. Chinese Taipei 0

 

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Tomorrows schedule

 

2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III Qualification
In Cape Town, :RSA , 5-7 February 2018

 

Tuesday February 6th, 2018 -

Round-Robin Day 2 Schedule (GMT +2)

 

20:00  :RSA South Africa vs Chinese Taipei :TPE 

 

*2nd of the 3 matches, South Africa can already secure their qualification if they win tomorrow, in other side Chinese Taipei must win to keep their chances alive also for the 3rd final match.

 

LIVESTREAM

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2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III Qualification
In Cape Town, :RSA , 5-7 February 2018

 

Tuesday February 6th, 2018 -

Round-Robin Day 2 Results (GMT +2)

 

20:00  :RSA South Africa  5 - 4  Chinese Taipei :TPE 

 

 

Provisional Standing After Day 2

1. South Africa 6, 2. Chinese Taipei 0

 

*South Africa already assured to win the qualification tournament and earn promotion to next years U20 Division III where they will replace New Zealand, freshly relegated from this years U20 Div III tournament held a couple of weeks ago in Bulgaria.

 

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Tomorrows last day of the Men´s Under 20 world championships 2018 program schedule

 

 

2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III Qualification
In Cape Town, :RSA , 5-7 February 2018

 

Wednesday February 7th, 2018 -

Round-Robin Final Day Schedule (GMT +2)

 

20:00  :TPE Chinese Taipei vs South Africa :RSA 

 

*Final 3rd match of the tournament, however the result will not have any influence about the final standing as South Africa is the already winner of the tournament.

 

LIVESTREAM

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The todays scheduled match has been cancelled upon decision of the Directorate, so the Men´s Under 20 World Championship 2018 program is over

 

2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III Qualification
In Cape Town, :RSA , 5-7 February 2018

 

Wednesday February 7th, 2018 -

Round-Robin Final Day Results (GMT +2)

 

20:00  :TPE Chinese Taipei  Cancelled  South Africa :RSA 

 

 

Final Standing

 

1. South Africa 6  :RSA  :champion:

Qualified for the Men´s Under 20 Division III World Championships 2019

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2. Chinese Taipei 0

  Turkmenistan  DNS

 

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MEN ' S UNDER 20

IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

UNOFFICIAL FINAL STANDING

Rank Nation WCh 2019
1 :CAN Canada A
2 :SWE Sweden A
3 :USA United States A
4 :CZE Czech Republic A
5 :RUS Russia A
6 :FIN Finland A
7 :SVK Slovakia A
8 :SUI Switzerland A
9 :DEN Denmark A
10 :BLR Belarus I A
11 :KAZ Kazakhstan A
12 :LAT Latvia I A
13 :GER Germany I A
14 :FRA France I A
15 :AUT Austria I A
16 :HUN Hungary I B
17 :NOR Norway I A
18 :POL Poland I B
19 :SLO Slovenia I B
20 :UKR Ukraine I B
21 :ITA Italy I B
22 :LTU Lithuania II A
23 :JPN Japan I B
24 :KOR South Korea II A
25 :GBR Great Britain II A
26 :EST Estonia II A
27 :ROU Romania II A
28 :NED Netherlands II B
29 :ESP Spain II A
30 :SRB Serbia II B
31 :CRO Croatia II B
32 :BEL Belgium II B
33 :MEX Mexico II B
34 :TUR Turkey III
35 :ISR Israel II B
36 :CHN China III
37 :BUL Bulgaria III
38 :ISL Iceland III
39 :AUS Australia III
40 :NZL New Zealand III Q
41 :RSA South Africa III
42 :TPE Chinese Taipei III Q
DNS :TKM Turkmenistan III Q

 

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MEN´S UNDER 20

DIVISION III

QUALIFICATION

2018

 

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South Africa moves up

U20 team wins Division III Qualification

 

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South Africa won the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III Qualification on home ice in Cape Town after beating Chinese Taipei in two tight games.

After the withdrawal of Turkmenistan the tournament was played as a best-of-three series. Chinese Taipei was the top-seeded team after having beaten South Africa 7-1 last year but the South Africans made perfect use of their home-ice advantage as the tournament host.

In the first game South Africa outshot Chinese Taipei 29-22 and Sky Johnson scored the only goal on a power play at 8:47 of the second period while Ryan Boyd earned a shutout as both goalies were named the best players of the game.

Johnson was the only player to score two goals and collect three points in the tournament.

The second game offered more scoring chances and more goals. And for most of the time South Africa was ahead. James Taljaard opened the scoring at 1:50 but Kuan-Yu Lin converted the first power play of the game to tie it up.

The South Africans took the lead again with a Reinhard Venter goal at 13:07 but 72 seconds later it was again Lin, who scored for Chinese Taipei on a man advantage. And with the next power play Wei Chiang gave Chinese Taipei a 3-2 first-period lead.

South Africa found back in the game with two unanswered goals in the middle frame. At 2:31 Johnson scored the first power-play goal for the South Africans. Two minutes later Yu-Hong Kuo was again sent to the penalty box and Delano Schuurman regained the lead – 4-3 for South Africa.

The goal was followed by ill-disciplined action from both teams with 12 penalties assessed within just over 12 minutes.

Chinese Taipei made use of late penalties against South Africa when Wei Chiang scored on a 5-on-3 53 seconds in the third period to tie the game at four.

With the score tied the teams focused more on their skills, improved discipline and defence. Eventually it was South Africa that got the next lead and Gareth Bremner’s 5-4 marker stayed as the last goal to win the series 2-0.

The third game was not played as part of the competition anymore after South Africa’s two wins but the teams decided to play it as an exhibition game and Chinese Taipei got its first win, 6-4.

 

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