IIHF U20 World Championship Division I

Group B in Riga, Latvia

 
The IIHF U20 World Championship Division I Group B is underway and will last from Dec. 12-18, in the Latvian capital of Riga.


Belarus (relegated from the top division), Latvia, Great Britain, France, Slovenia and Hungary (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 3: December 15, 2007

Hungary - France 7-4 (0-1, 2-0, 5-3)

Team France is still looking for its first point after suffering a 7-4 loss against Hungary.



France has never finished lower than fourth place since the tournament format changed to Division I. Now the French will have to fight hard  in their remaining games against Slovenia and Great Britain to avoid relegation.

 

Against  second-place Hungary, the French got on the wrong track after a good start with a 1-0 lead after the first period. St├ęphane Da Costa gave hope for a first French victory with his power play goal at 17:09. But Hungary came back and wore the French down, scoring seven goals in the next two periods, including a five-goal effort in the third. Nikandrosz Galanisz was the top scorer with two goals and three assists.

 

 

Belarus - Slovenia 2-1 (0-0, 1-0, 1-1)

 

Belarus stayed undefeated at the Division I, Group B championship after winning earning a narrow 2-1 win against Slovenia.



The Belarusians needed luck and strong goaltending earn the win. Slovenia tha had more chances early on, but struggled to overcome Belarus netminder Maxim Malyutin, who had 30 saves.

 

The scoring silence was broken, Belarus forward Igor Voroshilov scored at 25:30. At 43:05, Saso Rajsar finally broke Malyutin's resistance, but only 81 seconds later Pavel Razvodovski put Belarus back on top. The goal was enough for the win as the clash ended with the 2-1 final.

 

 

Latvia - Great Britain 6-0 (2-0, 3-0, 1-0)

 

Host Latvia took over second place in the standings after blanking Great Britain, 6-0.



Latvia impressed its 5,430 supporters not with a heavy firepower but with efficiency in their offensive actions. For their six goals the Latvians had only 22 shots. After only five minutes Latvia held a 2-0 lead  thanks to Kriss Grundmanis' and Marcis Zembergs' early goals.

 

Zembergs' line, was the most successful and was responsible for three goals. With the loss Great Britain is now in a fight to avoid relegation.

 

MARTIN MERK

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