Day 3 Recap: IIHF U18 World Championship, Division 1A
by Ameeta VOHRA|18 APR 2024
photo: © International Ice Hockey Federation / Peter Eg Larsen
Germany only undefeated team left after OT win over Ukraine

Germany scored a huge win in a game of undefeated teams at the 2024 IIHF U18 World Championship on Wednesday in Frederikshavn, Denmark.
It took overtime, but Lenny Boos was the hero 3:44 in the extra frame to lift Germany past Ukraine 2-1.
In other games on Wednesday, Denmark got by Japan 4-2 while Austria edged Hungary 6-5 in a shootout.
On Thursday, Hungary will face Ukraine, Japan will meet Germany and Denmark will battle Austria.

Germany 2, Ukraine 1 (OT

Boos got the overtime winner as Germany handed Ukraine their first loss of the tournament.
Ukraine would get on the scoreboard first.  After winning the faceoff, the team was deep in Germany’s zone passing the puck back and forth.  With a lot of traffic out in front of German goaltender Lennart Neisse, Havrylo Simchuk got it into the net 2:46 into the first period to put Urkaine ahead.
However, Germany would get the equalizer with 3:57 remaining in the second period. The team sped down from one end of the rink to the other.  It emerged as somewhat of a 2-on-1 situation as Nick Maul passed the puck over to Elias Pul, who found and opening. He went top shelf on Ukraine goaltender Alexander Levshin on the right side to tie the game.

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In overtime, Germany began the play out of their zone and rushed it down towards Ukraine’s zone.  David Lewandowski passed the puck to Boos who buried it into the net 3:44 into the extra frame to seal the win for Germany.
Both goaltenders were under pressure throughout the game.  Levshin faced 37 shots on goal while Neisse faced 31 shots.

Denmark 4, Japan 2

Oliver Green had a pair of goals and an assist to lead Denmark past Japan 4-2.
Only 39 seconds into the first period, Denmark scored first as Green launched a one-timer into the net.
Denmark increased their lead with 5:57 left in the period as Linus Rorth made a nifty play after tremendous passing from Green and Oliver Larsen to beat Japanese goaltender Sazuku Kudo. The puck went in back of Kudo and wrapped around inside the net for the score.
With 1:44 remaining in the first period, Japan cut the deficit to one goal. After creating traffic in front of Denmark goaltender Tobias Christensen, Ryota Seki buried the puck into the net for the goal.
Japan tied the game up at 7:01 of the second period. On a play that began when Sota Hifumi got the puck off the boards, Ryunosuke Shirozu blasted the puck top shelf for the score.
Denmark regained the lead 4:14 into the third period.  A play that began with the team winning the faceoff deep in their zone, the Danes brought out the puck.  Frederik Rundh shot the puck towards the net and the redirect came of Mikey Bergmann’s stick to put Denmark ahead in the game.
With 3:01 remaining in the game, Denmark got some assurance as Green netted his second goal of the game. Japan had trouble clearing out the puck. After tremendous passing from Denmark, the puck landed on Green’s stick and he launched it into the net to seal the win for Denmark.
For Denmark, Larsen had two assists in the game. Meanwhile, Kudo faced 36 shots on net for Japan.

Austria 6, Hungary 5 (SO)

David Waschnig and Benedikt Krainer each scored two goals to lead Austria past Hungary 6-5 in a shootout.
Hungary took the lead 3:44 in the first period as Adam Balogh redirected a shot from Aleksandar Antonijevic for the score. The team would increase their lead as Agostan Schmidt found the puck in the midst of traffic in front of Austrian goaltender Mika Haim to bury it into the net.

About 2:32 later, Austria cut the deficit by one goal as Felix Haibock put the shot on net and the rebound came to Paul Sintschnig and he beat goaltender Oliver Kiraly on the right side for the score on the power play.
Halfway through the second period, Gregor Schwartz increased Hungary’s lead as he deflected a Zsombor Prem’s shot from the point to score a goal.
With 8:22 left in the period, Krainer pulled Austria to within one goal when he found an huge opening to the left of Kiraly to bury the puck into the net.
Austria tied the game only 51 seconds into the third period when Waschnig scored a shorthanded goal.  Waschnig got his second goal of the game as he found the puck in front traffic and buried it to give Austria the lead with 8:46 remaining in the game.
About three minutes later, Krainer notched his second score of the game.  Austria forced a turnover in their zone and Adrian Gesson made a cross pass to Krainer who beat Kiraly for the goal.
With 24 seconds left in the game, Hungary took out Kiraly in favour of the extra attacker and the move paid off.  There was a scramble at the net but Bendeguz Ven found the puck and got it past Haim for the score.
Hungary tied it all up at 5-5 with only one second remaining in regulation.  After Hungary won the faceoff, Ference Laskawy shot the puck from the point and Schmidt redirected it to net his second goal of the game. 
Overtime did not solve anything between the two teams so it went to a shootout.  Johannes Neumann’s goal lifted Austria past Hungary.