Netherlands-Spain on 8 January
by Martin Merk|19 DEC 2019
The Netherlands-Spain game for group win at the 2019 Men’s Olympic Qualification Preliminary Round 2 Group L in Barcelona had to be cancelled last Sunday and will now be played on 8 January.
photo: Toni Grases
The deciding game between the Netherlands and Spain of the 2019 Men’s Olympic Qualification Preliminary Round 2 Group L in Barcelona, Spain, that had to be cancelled, will be played on 8 January 2020.

The original game on Sunday had to be stopped after one period and no goals scored due to significant ice problems that could not be solved.

The game will now be played, from the beginning, on 8 January 2020 in Barcelona after discussions between the International Ice Hockey Federation and its members in the Netherlands and Spain. The exact time is to be determined but the ambition is to play early afternoon so the team from the Netherlands can fly back the same evening.

Since the groups of the next round will be determined by seeding (the 2019 IIHF Men’s World Ranking), it will also affect the group allocation. If the Netherlands win, they will go to Group H in Nur-Sultan to face host Kazakhstan, Poland and Ukraine. A Spanish victory would send Spain to Jesenice, Slovenia to play in Group G against host Slovenia, Japan and Lithuania.

Croatia, which has qualified for the next round and waits for its group allocation, will play in the other group. Romania, another qualifier, is top-seeded from the Round 2 teams and will play in February in Group J in Nottingham with host Great Britain, Hungary and Estonia.