NARVA, Estonia – Great Britain’s U18 team earned a promotion to Division I two years after getting relegated. The Brits won the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championship Division I in Estonia after four game days.
After a second-place finish last year, the British team took the top prize. They started the tournament with a comfortable 16-2 win over China, Great Britain also defeated the host team Estonia in front of 1,350 spectators at the Kreenholm ice rink in Narva. Callum Fowlers’ goal after just 33 seconds and three second-period goals led to the 5-1 win.
After a 10-2 victory against Serbia and a 7-1 win versus Belgium, Great Britain has already won the tournament before the last game on Sunday against the Netherlands. Benjamin Davies was the Brits driving force with his seven goals and eight assists – three points more than the runner-up, his team mate Robert Farmer.
The Dutch team had a bad tournament after its relegation from Division I last year. They were surprisingly defeated by Estonia in the first game. Despite having outshot the Estonians with a 40-15 shots-on-goal advantage, the Netherlands lost the game 5-0. Artur Fedoruk, who scored the first two goals, and Rauno Tikka with his sensational shutout were the outstanding players.
A bitter and unusual defeat against the neighbour Belgium, 5-4 in shootout, took the hope for a quick return to Division I away from the Netherlands.
China is in danger of biting the bullet of relegation with no points after three games including a lost game against the promoted team Serbia.Click here for scores and stats.