IIHF U20 World Championship Division I

Group A in Bad Tolz, Germany

 
The IIHF U20 World Championship Division I Group A is underway and will last from Dec. 9-15, in the Bavarian town of Bad Tolz, Germany.


Germany (relegated from the top division), Austria, Ukraine, Poland, Norway and Lithuania (promoted from Division II) will play a single round-robin. The winner will move up to the 2009 IIHF World U20 Championship in Canada. The team ending in last place will be relegated to Division II.


For rosters, game sheets, standings and statistics, click here.

 

Day 4: December 13, 2007

Austria - Lithuania 15-0 (3-0, 8-0, 4-0)


Team Austria hammered Lithuania 15-0, setting up a gold-medal showdown against Germany on the final day of action.


Austria skated strong from the first face off and looked determined not to let anything stand in the way of the promotion game showdown. Michael Schiechl opened the scoring just 2:15 into the game. and his teammates did not stop from covering Lithuanian goaltenders Ernestas Kielius and, from 27:46, Marius Salomskas with shots. The Austrians were strongest in the second period, scoring eight goals in just 15 minutes. Eleven different players scored in the win, with Stefan Geier leading the way with four goals and one assist.

 

The debut of Austrian netminder Gerald Kastner ended with a 21-save shutout in the 15-0 win for his team.

 

 

Poland - Norway 2-4 (1-2, 1-1, 0-1)


Norway will stay at the Division I level, thanks to a 4-2 win over Poland.

 

Special teams proved to be the difference in the win, as Norway scored two shorthanded goals. Norway's early two-goal lead started with the first of the  shorthanders from Robin Dahlstrom at 13:32. Christoffer Waagenas' followed with a goal 67 seconds later.

 

But the Poland's Maciej Szewczyk c answered with a pair of goals to even the game. The 18-year old forward made cut the lead in half at 19:49, and netted the equalizer at 21:20.

 

The Norwegians were able to regroup after the shock and regained the lead at 28:36 with Tommy Kristiansen finding the net. Ken Olimb restored the two-goal lead with another shorthanded goal at 52:02 to seal the critical win.

 

 

Ukraine - Germany 1-11 (1-0, 0-3, 0-8)

 

Host Germany remained the dominant team at the World U20 Championship Division I Group A in Bad Tolz after an 11-1 thumping of Ukraine- Germany has now won all of its games by a margin of at least six goals and will face Austria on Saturday for the gold medal and promotion game.



Germany took awhile to get its offense going as Ukraine's Georgii Kicha scored the only goal of the first period, a power play tally at 19:47.

 

But the lead was short-lived as Germany sparked to life in the second period. Constantin Braun equalised in a five-on-three power play at 25:23 before Patrick Hager and Frank Maurer closed the second period with a 3-1 lead for Germany.

 

Germany made its closing statement clear in the third period, piling on eight more goals. Defenceman Stephan Daschner stood out with two goals and three assists. Six of the eight goals were scored on the power play not least because of an aggressive atmosphere in the last period with 66 penalty minutes against Ukraine and 29 against Germany.

 

MARTIN MERK

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