Day 4 Recap: IIHF U18 World Championship, Division 1A
by Ameeta VOHRA|19 APR 2024
Germany kept their unbeaten streak alive the 2024 IIHF U18 World Championship Division 1A on Thursday in Frederikshavn, Denmark.
The team defeated Japan 6-2 in Day 4 competition. 
In other games on Thursday, Ukraine earned a 7-4 victory over Hungary and Austria earned a 5-0 shutout win over Denmark.
Saturday is the final day of the tournament.  Ukraine tangles with Austria, Japan battles Hungary and Germany squares off against Denmark.

Germany 6, Japan 2

Elias Schneider netted a hat trick as Germany remained perfect with a 6-2 win over Japan.
Schneider got Germany on the scoreboard 8:30 into the first period.  While the team was deep in Japan’s zone, Carlos Handel launched the puck towards the net.  With a lot of traffic in front of Japanese goaltender Sazuku Kudo, Schneider found the puck and flicked it in the net for the goal.
With 3:09 remaining in the period Germany increased their lead. Simon Seidl scored the goal as Kudo was sprawled out making saves.
About 1:03 later, Japan cut the deficit to one goal when Hyuga Miura was able to get the puck past the legs of German goaltender Lennart Neisse for the score.
In the second period, Germany responded with a power play goal.  The team won the faceoff and put pressure on in Japan’s zone.  Matthias Pape shot the puck towards the net and Julian Beck buried it into the net.
About 1:20 later, Schneider would get his second goal of the game.  Clemens Segal launched the puck and Kudo made the save.  However, Schneider picked up the rebounded and blasted it towards the net.
Germany struck again and got their third unanswered goal at 6:04 of the second period. Moritz Kretzschmar broke away on a 2-on-1 advantage in Japan’s territory.  He glided the puck to Tobias Schwarz who it past Kudo for the goal.
Schneider put the game out of reach 13 seconds into the third period as he launched the puck past Kudo’s right shoulder.
Japan rounded out the scoring as Seki Ryota raced into Germany’s zone and shot the puck.  While Neisse made the save, the rebound came to Miura and he put it past the German goaltender for his second goal of the game.
Handel had three assists for Germany while Maximilian Brunner and Clemens Sager each had a pair of assists.
For Japan, Kudo faced 66 shots.  Seki had two assists in the game.

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Ukraine 7, Hungary 4

Olexi Yevtiekhov scored a pair of goals to lead Ukraine past Hungary 7-4.
At the 5:00 minute of the first period, Danylo Denysenko walked in and scored on Hungarian goaltender Viktor Pasztor and scored to put Ukraine in the lead.
Within the first three minutes of the second period, Ukraine scored two more goals to extend their lead over Hungary. Andri Vystavkin blasted the puck towards the net but Pasztor made the save.  However, Illia Shibinsky scooped up the puck and shot it past Pasztor’s right shoulder for the power play goal.
At the 2:56 mark of the second period, Mykyta Bodnar blasted the puck top shelf for the score.
After the third goal, Hungary opted to make a goaltender change. Pasztor was pulled from the game in favour of Oliver Kiraly. 
However, Ukraine would score two more goals 3:09 apart in the period.  On the power play, Ukraine created a lot of traffic that enabled Danylo Kuraiev to score the goal.  Havrylo Simchuk walked in and shot the puck which went in back and around Kiraly for another Ukraine score.
With 4:01 remaining in the second period, Hungary got on the scoreboard when they went on the power play.  Amid a lot of traffic in front of Ukrainian goaltender Alexander Levshin, Ferenc Laskawy found the puck and buried it into the net.
Yevtiekhov scored at 7:10 of the third period as he was fed the puck from Mykhailo Haponenko and blitzed it past Kiraly.
Halfway through the period, Laskawy netted his second goal of the game for Hungary as he got the puck into the net and it seemed as though Levshin could not find it.
About 3:21 after Laskawy’s goal, Hungary scored again on the power play.  As the team pulled out their goaltender to bring in an extra attacker, Agoston Schmidt buried the puck into the net while Levshin was sprawled on the ice trying to make saves.
Hungary got to within two goals of Ukraine with 4:25 remaining in the game as Balint Lobenwein beat a sprawling Levshin to score the goal.
The comeback was too little, too late as Yevtiekhov scored an empty netter in the final minute of play.  It was his second goal of the game.
Levshin faced 53 shots on goal in the victory. Laskawy led Hungary with two goals and two assists in the loss.

Austria 5, Denmark 0

Johannes Neumann had two goals and an assist to lead Austria to a 5-0 shutout win over Denmark.
Adrian Gesson scored a powerplay goal at 6:49 of the first period to give Austria the lead. 
At 1:55 of the second period, Austria would increase their lead as Neumann tallied a marker.
Halfway through the period, Felix Haibock netted a goal to give some assurance to Austria.
Denmark pulled goaltender Tobias Christensen after Austria’s third goal in favour of Patrick Tiedjen.
In the third period, Austria capitalized on a power play after Denmark’s August Lundsteen was given a high stick penalty. Leon Kolarik scored to give Austria a four goal lead.
Neumann put the game out of reach with 4:58 remaining in the game as he put the puck past Tiedjen.
Kolarik and Haibock each had a goal and two assists for Austria.