By National Teams Of Ice Hockey

The Belgian men’s team wrapped up their journey in the IIHF Worlds Division 2, Group B tournament with a fifth and final game held in Sofia, Bulgaria. Going head-to-head against Georgia, this match served as the last chapter of their participation in the event.

The match against Georgia in the World Championship was highly competitive. In a surprising turn of events, the Belgians found themselves trailing behind for the first time in the tournament during the initial period. As Steyaert was penalized for tripping and sat in the penalty box, the Georgians capitalized on their numerical advantage and scored their first goal courtesy of Obolgogiani. Not long after, they managed to find the back of the net once again, catching goalie Lievens off guard with a goal from Shvetsov. However, just before the period concluded, Van Espen single-handedly brought the Belgians back into the game with an impressive goal.

Demonstrating their prowess on the ice, the Belgians made the most of their opportunities in the second period. With a power play advantage, team captain Gyesbreghs seized the moment and successfully equalized the score. Assisted by De Croock and Verelst, Gyesbreghs swiftly struck again, propelling the Belgians into the lead and showcasing their dominance in the game.

With less than six minutes remaining in the game, Marov from Georgia received a penalty for elbowing, providing the Belgians with a crucial power play opportunity to extend their lead. Despite their best efforts, the Georgians’ penalty killing unit operated efficiently, denying the Belgians any further goals during this advantage. However, in the 57th minute, De Croock of Belgium managed to widen the gap by assisting Verelst in scoring the fourth and final goal, ultimately sealing the victory for the Belgian team and promotion to DIV2, Group A for the upcoming year.