Day 2 Recap : IIHF U18 World Championship, Division 1A
by Ameeta VOHRA|17 APR 2024
photo: © International Ice Hockey Federation / Peter Eg Larsen
Germany, Ukraine remain undefeated, Austria gets first win

Germany and Hungary continued their winning ways while Austria got their first victory of the 2024 Ice Hockey U18 World Championship on Monday in Frederikshavn, Denmark.
After a day off, the tournament will resume on Wednesday when Austria battles Hungary, Germany squares off against Ukraine and Japan tangles with Denmark.

Germany 8, Hungary 2

Dustin Willhoft scored a pair of goals and added two assists as Germany got their second win of the tournament, cruising to an 8-2 win over Hungary.
Germany got on the scoreboard 3:29 into the first period when Tobias Schwarz scored on the power play. 
Hungary responded about six minutes later when Aleksandar Antonijevic got the puck past Linus Viellard for the score.
With 9:48 remaining in the period, Willhoft scored his first goal of the game on a German power play.
The momentum continued for Germany as they strengthened their lead 3:57 into the second period as Maximillian Brunner scored. About 1:33 later, Lenny Boos got the puck past Hungarian goaltender Viktor Pasztor to get the goal to put Germany up 4-1.
Hungary opted to change goaltenders after the Boos goal. Oliver Kiraly replaced Pasztor at net.
With 5:51 left in the second period, Hungary would pull within two of Germany’s lead as Antonijevic got his second goal of the game on the power play.
However, Timo Kose and Elias Pul scored within the last few minutes of the second period to give Germany a commanding 6-2 lead.
David Lewandowski scored for Germany 6:15 into the third period.  About two minutes later, Willhoft scored a power play goal to put the game out of reach and gave Germany the victory.

Austria 6, Japan 3

Leon Kolarik and Johannes Neumann each scored two goals as Austria earned their first win of the tournament.  The Austrians defeated Japan 6-3.
Neumann gave Austria the early lead as he tallied a marker 3:47  into the first period. About halfway through the period, Kolarik strengthened the lead with his goal.
Kolarik would score his second goal of the game 2:38 apart from the last goal to put Austria up 3-0.
Austria would continue their dominance in the second period.  Paul notched a power play goal 2:07 into the frame.  Just over four minutes later, Austria got assurance as Adrian Gesson scored a power play goal to put them up 5-0.
However, Japan denied Austria the shutout as Reo Daikuhara capitalized on a power play to score 8:50 into the period.
In the third period, Ryota Seki scored to pull Japan within three goals of Austria.  With 1:51 remaining in the game, Yota Takashima notched a power play goal to cut Austria’s lead by two goals.
Neumann’s second goal with 1:20 left in the game put the game out of reach for Austria.
Overall, Kolarik has two goals and two assists for four points to lead Austria. Neumann added a goal and two assists while Gesson had a goal and assist.
For Japan, goaltender Yuichiro Takase faced 44 shots on goal.

Ukraine 3, Denmark 1

Nikita Kulikov’s two goal performance in the second period was the difference as Ukraine earned a 3-1 win over Denmark.
The first period was scoreless but some discipline issues for both teams as there were several penalties.
Kulikov got the scoring going in the second period.  His goal at 6:23 gave Ukraine the lead. 
Halfway through the period, Denmark got the equalizer.  Jesper Olesen tied the game up with his goal.
However, Urkraine would respond 1:04 later as Kulikov got his second goal of the game. 
Denmark got assurance in the third period. Danyl Shulha’s goal at 4:09 was enough for Ukraine to take the win.
Tobias Christensen saw 32 shots on goal for Denmark.