MISKOLC, Hungary – Hungary won the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division II Group A on home ice in Miskolc to get back to Division I level.
They will next year play the same level like the U18 national team that will also compete on home ice at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division I Group B in Szekesfehervar in April.
The second-seeded Hungarians were undefeatable on home ice. They won against Lithuania (5-1), Romania (6-1), Estonia (8-2), the Netherlands (7-2) and Croatia (8-1) and left no doubt which was the best team of the tournament.
In Gergely Arany and Oliver Agoston (named Best Goalkeeper) they had the goalkeepers with the best save percentages (94.67 and 94.12 respectively), in the defence Tamas Laday and Attila Reiter shone with high +/- ratings and scoring points, and in front five of the top-10 scorers were Hungarians including the tournament’s top goal scorer Vilmos Gallo (7+4) and Aron Konczei (3+8).
Behind Hungary, the tournament had surprises and disappointments. Lithuania recovered from the opening-day loss and the fifth-seeded team ended up winning the silver medals. The success was also based on some top players who already gained experience with the senior national team last year. Daniel Bogdziul was the tournament’s scoring leader with 15 points (5+10) and also Paulius Gintautas (3+7) and Aimas Fiscevas (5+4) reached the top-10. Bogdziul was selected as Best Forward of the tournament by the directorate while the Netherlands’ Kilian van Gorp was named Best Defenceman.
The Netherlands finished in third place after losing the key game for silver to Lithuania 5-4 in overtime on the last day. The Dutch were followed in the final ranking by Estonia and Romania while the top-seeded team Croatia didn’t manage to win a single game, which means the Croats climb down straight from Division I Group B to Division II Group B within just two years.
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