Division I countries test for April
by Henrik Manninen|11 NOV 2019
Poland and Japan met in Gdansk and will meet again in April when Poland will host the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group B in Katowice.
photo: Hendrik Soots
Most of the teams that will compete in the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group B took part in the November international break to test their players and systems.

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