TALLINN – Korea won the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division II Group A and will be back in Division I after two years.
The Koreans dominated the tournament and won on the last day the “final” of the two undefeated teams against top seed Poland.
The biggest struggle for the Koreans came on Day 1 when they were outshot 35-33 by Great Britain that tried to fight back from a 3-0 deficit after Sang Yoon Shin and two times Jaein Ahn had scored for Korea in the first two periods. But eventually to Koreans defeated the British 4-2.
The tournament continued for the Koreans with wins over Croatia (7-0), Estonia (7-1) and the Netherlands (6-3) before facing Poland.
Thanks to an early goal from Mingyu Park and Byung Gun Kim’s power-play marker at the beginning of the second frame the Koreans took the lead. Poland had a strong second period and tried to fight back with Oskar Rzekanowski shortening the lead but Ahn and Kim with his second goal of the game added two more markers for the 4-2 victory and the tournament win. Ahn also became the tournament’s scoring leader thanks to this goal.
Poland had to settle for silver and Great Britain earned the bronze medals thanks to a 4-3 shootout victory against the Netherlands on the last day, which finished fourth.
Croatia got its only win on the last day against host Estonia, 5-4, to stay in this group while winless Estonia has to go back to Division II Group B. Final Ranking:
1. Korea 15
2. Poland 12
3. Great Britain 8
4. Netherlands 6
5. Croatia 3
6. Estonia 1 Individual Awards as selected by the Tournament Directorate
Best Goalkeeper: Luka Valencic, Croatia
Best Defenceman: Patryk Wsol, Pland
Best Forward: Juhyung Lee, Korea Click here for scores and stats.