IIHF U20 World Championship Division I

Group B in Riga, Latvia

The IIHF U20 World Championship Division I Group B is underway and will last from Dec. 12-18, in the Latvian capital of Riga.

Belarus (relegated from the top division), Latvia, Great Britain, France, Slovenia and Hungary (promoted from Division II) will play a single round-robin. The winner will move up to the 2009 IIHF World U20 Championship in Canada. The team ending in last place will be relegated to Division II.

For rosters, game sheets, standings and statistics, click here.


Day 2: December 13, 2007

Great Britain - Hungary 2-5 (1-0, 1-3, 0-2)

Great Britain and Hungary entertained the fans with seven goals and a total of 114 shots.

For Great Britain it was another game without apoint despite having the early lead. The Brits had a strong first period with Aaron Nell scoring the only goal.


Five minutes in the second period was all it took for Hungary to scored three decisive goals. Peter Nemeth and Istvan Sofron scored at full strength, Peter Erdelyi added a short-handed goal. Craig Alan Peacock closed the gap to 2-3 in the same power play situation, but it was not enough.


Again Erdelyi scored at 46:47 and Balint Magosi with 52 seconds remaining secured Hungary's first victory.



Belaurs - France 6-1 (1-0, 3-1, 2-0)


After a narrow win against Hungary, Team Belarus played a better overall game against France, skating to a 6-1 win.

Belarus played its best hockey in the first period, but only one of their 21 shots found the way into the net; Andrei Komarov scored after four minutes.


It wasn't until the second period that the Belarus offense was more effective. Artem Demkov scored twice while Stéphane Da Costa netted the only Frenach goal of the game at 26:07. The scoring rhythm was interrupted with Igor Voroshilov's power play goal at 28:24, which was followed by a fight. It did, however, not prevent Demkov of making his goals three and four in the last period to emphasise the Belarus 6-1 win.



Latvia - Slovenia 2-3 (0-0, 2-2, 0-1)


Hosts Latvia lost the first time, suffering a 2-3 defeat against Slovenia.

Arturs Ozolins opened the scoring for the Latvians eleven seconds into the second period, but Slovenia went ahead with goals from Andrej Zidan and Bostjan Golicic within 65 seconds. Andris Dzerins lkept things close at the end of two period, getting the equalizer at 35:16.


After two consecutive Latvia penalties, Luka Tosic took the opportunity to score the game-winning goal on the power play at 53:50. Latvia had the chance to even the game on the power play in the last four minutes, but did not manage to score with the extra man. Unbeaten Slovenia moved up into second place behind also-undefeated Belarus.



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