RIGA, Latvia – Norway celebrated a gold medal win at the IIHF Word U18 Championship Division IB in Riga after winning the deciding game against host Latvia on Sunday. The Nordi nation also beat Italy, 2-1, in its last game. The Latvians were already the silver medal winners with the Italian loss but entertained their fans with a 9-0 win prior to the closing ceremony.
Italy not only lost its hopes for silver but was also overtaken by Austria, which won its last game against the Netherlands, 2-0, winning bronze. Italy finished fourth, followed by Japan and the Netherlands, which was relegated to Division II.Click here for scores and stats of Group B.
The Czech Republic dominated its last opponent, Slovenia, in the other Division I group and sent the team to Division II with an 8-2 slam. The Czechs return to the elite nations with a 5-0-0 record and 36-5 goals.
Kazakhstan had the silver medals secured and lost against host Poland, 4-1. It was the second win for Poland helping the hosts avoid relegation. Poland finished fourth and had six points as well as bronze medallist Lithuania and sixth-ranked Ukraine. Lithuania secured the bronze with a 4-2 win against the Ukraine in the last round.Click here for scores and stats of Group A.