Despite opening with a defeat, Hungary sneaked past Italy on the final day to finish top in Poland’s Gdansk.
Csanad Erdely had put Hungary 3-1 up in the final frame against Italy, before the top-seeds got into gear as the Magyars lost in overtime to a Marko Insam goal.
But Jarmo Tolvanen´s Hungary bounced straight back in their next game to beat Japan 3-2 before silencing the home crowd in Gdansk as Poland was blanked 2-0 in their final game. Hungary could celebrate top spot after Japan outpaced a lacklustre Italy 4-1 for the morale-boosting victory for Hungary´s youthful roster.
Poland, which will host the Division IB in Katowice in less than half a year, finished in third place by beating Division IB rival Japan 3-2.
In Estonia’s capital Tallinn, Latvia B beat Ukraine 3-2 in the final to win the Baltic Challenge Cup. Estonia, Kazakhstan U20, Latvia B, Lithuania, Romania and Ukraine took part.
Latvia B, with a roster solely made up of players from their domestic championship, had first beaten Kazakhstan 5-2 and Romania 5-3 to win a place in the final against Ukraine. In the match for top spot, Maris Dilevka scored a brace for Latvia B and also had an assist for Karlis Ozolins´ goal.
November International Break - Men's Category
|Euro Ice Hockey Challenge in Poland|
|8 Nov.||Gdansk (POL)||Hungary - Italy||3-4 OT|
|8 Nov.||Gdansk (POL)||Poland - Japan||3-2|
|9 Nov.||Gdansk (POL)||Poland - Italy||0-2|
|9 Nov.||Gdansk (POL)||Hungary - Japan||3-2|
|10 Nov.||Gdansk (POL)||Poland - Hungary||0-2|
|10 Nov.||Gdansk (POL)||Italy - Japan||1-4|
|Standings: 1. Hungary 7, 2. Italy 5, 3. Poland 3, Japan 3|
|Baltic Challenge Cup in Estonia|
|7 Nov.||Tallinn (EST)||Lithuania - Ukraine||2-1 OT|
|7 Nov.||Tallinn (EST)||Latvia B - Kazakhstan U20||5-2|
|8 Nov.||Tallinn (EST)||Romania - Latvia B||3-5|
|8 Nov.||Tallinn (EST)||Estonia - Ukraine||2-3|
|9 Nov.||Tallinn (EST)||Kazakhstan U20 - Romania||1-2 OT|
|9 Nov.||Tallinn (EST)||Estonia - Lithuania||3-2|
|10 Nov.||Tallinn (EST)||Ukraine - Latvia B||2-3|
|10 Nov.||Tallinn (EST)||Lithuania - Kazakhstan U20||4-3|
|10 Nov.||Tallinn (EST)||Estonia - Romania||3-1|
|Standings: 1. Latvia B, 2. Ukraine, 3. Estonia, 4. Romania, 5. Lithuania, 6 Kazakhstan U20|