PUIGCERDÀ, Spain – The Korean women’s national team won all of its games in the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division II Group B and will move up one tier for next year.
With the tournament win the Koreans will be ranked 27th overall in the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship program – the best placement since 2008.
Jongah Park was the dominating player on the team and the top goal scorer of the tournament with seven goals. The Koreans also got some strong goaltending from So Jung Shin, who played four games and had a 98% save percentage.
Only one player did better in scoring points – Croatian defender Ela Filipec with five goals and six assists.
Korea started the tournament in Puigcerdà, a Catalan hockey town in the Pyrenees, with a 4-1 victory over Croatia.
The second game saw the Asians meet eventual silver medallist Spain. The host nation outshot their opponent 35-29 but didn’t manage to get the puck past Shin. After two scoreless periods, Su Sie Jo brought Korea on the scoreboard with a shorthanded goal at 3:02. Jongah Park added two more goals for the 3-0 score.
The winning streak continued against Iceland (4-1), Belgium (2-0) and South Africa (7-1) to earn promotion to the Division II Group A for next year.
Spain recovered from the loss against Korea to finish in second place, same as the year before, in the third season of IIHF tournament participation for the Spanish women’s national team.
Croatia, which was relegated to the Division II Group B last year, earned the bronze medal ahead of Iceland, Belgium and winless South Africa. For next year a new team will move up with Turkey, which won the qualification tournament for next season.
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1. Korea 15
2. Spain 12
3. Croatia 8
4. Iceland 5
5. Belgium 5
6. South Africa 0
Individual Awards as selected by the Tournament Directorate
Best Goalkeeper: So Jung Shin, Korea
Best Defenceman: Ela Filipec, Croatia
Best Forward: Ana Ucedo, Spain