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 4: December 16, 2007

France - Slovenia 0-5 (0-2, 0-3, 0-0)

France suffered a 5-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Slovenians and is now in great peril of being relegated with a 0-0-0-4 record.



Ziga Jeglic and Andrej Zidan opened the scoring for Slovenia in the first period, with Zidan scoring shorthanded. The French couldn't find any offensive punch as the Slovenians continued to put in the goal, climbing to a 5-0 lead by the end of the 40 minutes. Saso Rajsar, Rok Ticar and Martin Potocnik extended to the final score of 5-0 with three goals within four minutes in the second period.

 

The French did not use any of their 24 shots, allowing Slovenia netminder Matevz Grabnar a shutout.  France will face Great Britain in the deciding game for relegation Tuesday afternoon.

 

 

 

Great Britain - Belarus 1-9 (0-0, 0-8, 1-1)

 

Belarus remained undefeated after a lopsided 9-1 victory against winless Great Britain.



After a tepid first period, things heated up in the second as Belarus scored an astounding eight goals in a 16-minute span. Neither starting goaltender Joe White nor backup Martin Clarkson could prevent the Brits from becoming overrun. only bright spot for Britain came when Stephen Lee prevented Valeriy Pronin's shutout with his goal at 51:30.

 

Mikhail Stefanovich was the only player to score twice, as eight Belarusians found the net. Team Belarus is in good position to earn the promotion back to the top division, as they need only one point against host Latvia for the gold medal.

 

 

Latvia - Hungary 8-2 (2-1, 2-0, 4-1)

 

Host Latvia kept their hope alive for first place and the promotion after an 8-2 win against Hungary.



The teams each had six points entering the game, but the fire power of the Latvians proved to be too much for Hungary.

 

Penalty trouble lead to the early 1-0 Hungary lead as Balint Magosi scored on a five-on-three chance. Latvia regained the lead with goals from Marcis Zembergs and Janis Straupe. The hosts the poured on the offense in the remaining 40 minutes, scoring six more goals.

 

The eight Latvian goals were scored by eight different players. Goalkeeper Nauris Enkuzens made 23 saves. The win sets up the possibility for promotion for Latvia in Tuesday's game against Belarus. Latvia must win in regulation to earn the gold medal.

 

MARTIN MERK

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