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 5: December 14, 2007

Norway - Lithuania 11-2 (4-0, 3-2, 4-0)


Norway finished the tournament with an 11-2 win over Lithuania in a game with no impact on the standings. The loss relegated Lithuania back to Division II next season.


Lithuania had no chance against the Scandinavians who played a powerful game from the beginning, netting four unanswered goals in the first period. Fredrik Jakobsen at 1:36 and Mats Froshaug at 3:17 set the tone early. Lithuania's strongest period came in the second, when they netted two goals, yet still gave up three. The third period was another four-goal extravaganza as Norway cruised to the nine-goal win.

 

Froshaug was the best scorer of the afternoon with three goals and two assists. Martin Ylven, who missed a penalty shot, and Stefan Espeland scored twice.

 

 

Ukraine - Poland 2-1 (1-0, 0-1, 0-0, 0-0, 1-0) PS


Ukraine needed exactly two points to avoid relegation, and got exactly that as they hung on for a 2-1 shootout win against Poland.

 

Ukraine had a good first period with more chances and power play situations than Poland and came away with a 1-0 edge.  Nikita Butsenko scored at 9:19 won the power play for the early lead.

 

Even though Poland did not need the points as urgently as Ukraine, they outshot and out-played Ukraine later in the game. Krystian Dziubinski equalised at 26:27. In a shootout the Ukraine finally got what it needed to finish the tournament in fifth place - coming out on top with the extra point. The shootout loss gave Poland a fourth-place finish.

 

Germany - Austria 6-3 (2-0, 1-0, 3-3)

 

Germany is back in the top division of the U20 World Championship after winning the deciding game against Austria, 6-3.  The Germans won the gold medal and, more importantly, the spot at the 2009 championship in Ottawa thanks to a strong first-half.

 

It was a battle of the two undefeated teams in front of 3,065 in Bad Tolz. The Germans struck first, getting two quick goals from Patrick Hager at 8:55 and Adrian Albanese at 9:37.  Frank Maurer and Thomas Oppenheimer h extended the lead to 4-0 with goals at the opening of the second and third periods. With the four-goal pad, the gold party seemed to begin.

 

But the Austrians objected. Martin Ulmer at 44:55 and Raphael Herburger at 48:06 chipped away at the lead with their back-to-back goals. But Germany was quick to respond.  Constantin Braun restored the three-goal lead for the Germans at 52:57 and Michael Raffl restored the two-goal lead at 55:28. Better late than never, the party started for the hosts, one year after the relegation from the top division in Mora, Sweden.

 

Directorate Awards:

Top Goaltender: Timo Pielmeir (GER)

Best Defenceman: Christopher Fischer (GER)

Best Forward: Michael Raffl (AUT)

 

 

MARTIN MERK

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