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U20 Euro Asia Championship Day 3 Recap

By George Da Silva – National Teams of Ice Hockey

On the final day of U20 Euro Asia Championship  the U20 national team of Kyrgyzstan won all 3 of their games and became the champions of the tournament. 

On the final day Kyrgyzstan easily beat Bosnia and Herzegovina by a score of 5-2, despite the lights going out in the arena part way through the game. This did stop  the boys from Kyrgyzstan from claiming the title.

The second place was taken by the Turkey who beat Bulgaria by a score of 2-1. This was a physical affair with line brawl breaking out in the third period. 

Results of games of the U20 national team of Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan – Bulgaria – 7: 5

Kyrgyzstan – Turkey – 7: 5

Kyrgyzstan – Bosnia and Herzegovina – 5: 2

U20 Euro Asia Championship Day 2 Recap

By George Da Silva – National Teams of Ice Hockey

Day two of the U20 Euro Asia Championship started off with the 0-1 Bulgarians take on the 0-1 Bosnian’s.

The youth team of Bosnia got of to quick start by scoring the first goal of the game, but Bulgaria started to show there dominance and took the game by a score of 6-2.

In the second game Kyrgyzstan U20 won the second game in a row against their peers from Turkey 7-5.

After the first period Kyrgyzstan took a 1-0 lead into the dressing room. 

The second period was a goal fest with a total of 9 goals scored in the period, six of them in the first 5 minutes. 

Heading into the third period Kyrgyzstan was leading by a score of 6-4. 

Turkey battled hard and made it a one goal game. Turkey pulled their goalie, but has he was heading for the bench he collide into the ref, the extra attacker could not get on the ice and Kyrgyzstan scored the empty netter to win the game 7-5.

In the final game of the tournament on January 9th, Kyrgyzstan will play Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey will take on Bulgaria.

U20 Euro Asia Championship Day 1 Recap

By George Da Silva – National Teams of Ice Hockey

Kyrgyzstan U20 national team successfully started at the international tournament in Turkey.

The U20 Euro Asia Championship started on January 7 in Istanbul and runs from January 7-9 with the participation of 4 teams – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Bulgaria.

In the first game, the Kyrgyzstan team played against the Bulgarian U20 national team and won by a score of 7: 5.

In another game, the Turkish U20 national team beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 4: 3.

On January 8, the 2nd games will take place. The national team of Kyrgyzstan will play with Turkey while Bosnia and Herzegovina will take on Bulgaria.

Finland grabs top spot


By Andy Potts –

Finland grabs top spot

That win over Canada helped the Finns claim top spot – both in the Channel 1 Cup and the overall Eurotour standings. But the winning margin was complicated.

Over the course of the tournament, Russia compiled 10 points to Finland’s seven. However, the Russians played an extra game – the curtain-raiser against Canada on Dec. 15. As a result, Russia’s win over Sweden was discarded from the ranking. That made Sunday’s clash between Finland and the host nation into a winner-takes-all decider.

The curios continued. After 60 minutes, the teams were locked at 2-2. In overtime, though, the Russians tested a tactic successfully used by Sergei Fyodorov with CSKA Moscow in the KHL. Goalie Ivan Fedotov was called to the bench in favour of an extra skater; the gamble was that the Red Machine could retain possession and protect the empty net.

It didn’t pay off this time. Finland snatched possession and Sakari Manninen surged towards the empty net, only to be hauled down by Slava Voinov. Ordinarily, the foul would have resulted in a penalty shot, but with the empty net in play Manninen was credited with the winning goal. The Finns felt this was poetic justice after Voinov’s controversial goal late in the third period tied the game. There was nothing wrong with the defenceman’s shot, but Finnish observers were convinced that goalie Harri Sateri was impeded earlier in the play and head coach Jukka Jalonen was outspoken in his criticism of the officiating. “It was 100% interference,” the coach told the Iltalehti newspaper. “There’s nothing unclear and no reason why it shouldn’t be given. Even a blind man can see it.”

Russia tops Canada for the first time since 2017

The opening game saw Russia edge Canada 4-3, with the visitor fighting back from 1-4 after 40 minutes but falling just short in the third. That was the first time Russia defeated its old rival since the 2017 Channel 1 Cup, when Oleg Znarok’s team enjoyed a 2-0 victory in its final tournament before PyeongChang.

This time, Russia ramped up the Olympic history, donning a uniform inspired by the 1956 Soviet jerseys from the country’s first Olympic gold in Cortina d’Ampezzo. The Russian win came on goals from Lokomotiv’s Yegor Korshkov and Alexander Yelesin, plus further tallies from Nikita Nesterov and Vadim Shipachyov. The latter two were part of the 2018 golden roster in Korea.

Vladislav Tretiak, head of the Russian Hockey Federation, talked up the impact of Russia’s success. “No matter what line-ups the teams put out, games [against Canada] always attract extra interest,” he told Championat. “Almost the entire country is talking about this win. Maybe we’ll see the same in the Olympic final.”

NaturEnergie Challenge: Swiss win home tournament

By George Da Silva – National Teams of Ice Hockey

The Swiss national team wins the home tournament in Visp. After the 2-1 win against Latvia, coach Patrick Fischer’s team also defeated Slovakia 3-2. Denis Hollenstein scores twice.

In the second and third periods, the Swiss showed an excellent performance. They used their speed and dominated the Slovaks practically at will, which underlines the shot ratio of 21: 3. Hollenstein  tied the game to 1: 1. The Swiss missed many chances example: Yannick Zehnder and Denis Malgin each failed in the 25th minute in front of the Slovak goalkeeper Patrik Rybar. Numerous other opportunities could also be mentioned.

In the 43rd minute the second goal came from Hollenstein again. The ZSC Lions striker scored on the power play. Three minutes later, the Slovaks equalized out of nowhere. As with the the first goal it was an own goal, this time Simon Le Coultre was the unlucky one.

Killian Mottet, who had already scored against Latvia on Thursday, scored the winning goal in the 57th minute. He only had to push the puck over the line after a push by defender Christian Marti. The Swiss were able to take revenge for their 6-1 defeat in November at the German Cup in Krefeld. 

The Swiss National team will now gear up for the Olympic Games in Bejing, China.

Team Canada Black wins 2021 Capital City Challenge

Source: Hockey Canada

Team Canada Black has been crowned champions at the 2021 Capital City Challenge after downing Team Canada Red 5-4 in an overtime thriller in the tournament final on Wednesday night.

Team Canada Black jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first period after goals by Ty Halaburda (Victoria, B.C./Vancouver, WHL) and Alex Pharand (Sudbury, Ont./Hamilton, OHL), but Matthew Wood (Nanaimo, B.C./Victoria, BCHL) and Natan Éthier (Rosemère, Que./Saint-Eustache, LHM18AAAQ) responded with goals for Team Canada Red to even the score at 2-2. The teams traded goals in the second as Halaburda notched his second goal of the game and Owen Outwater (Orleans, Ont./North Bay, OHL) scored just over two minutes later to tie the game again.

The final minute of the third period was a wild one. Riley Heidt (Saskatoon, Sask./Prince George, WHL) fired home a rebound with 29 seconds to go to put Red ahead, but Zach Benson (Chilliwack, B.C./Winnipeg, WHL) netted his tournament-leading seventh goal on a shot off the face-off with 0.4 seconds left to send the game to overtime. Calum Ritchie (Oakville, Ont./Oshawa, OHL) was the extra-time hero, beating Team Canada Red goaltender Jackson Unger (Calgary, Alta./Edge School, CSSHL) on a breakaway in the extra frame.

“It was a little bit of a blur. I saw the puck bounce off the boards and I had the opportunity to get a breakaway, so I just skated as hard as I could,” Ritchie said. “Muscle memory from practice took over, and to be honest I do not really remember [scoring], but it was such a great feeling to get the game-winner.”

Team Canada Black netminder Mason Vaccari (Mississauga, Ont./Cobourg, OJHL) stopped 30 shots, while Unger made 35 saves.

Team Canada White defeats National Women’s Team in third-place game

In the third-place game earlier on Wednesday, five different skaters found the back of the net for Team Canada White as it defeated Canada’s National Women’s Team 5-1.

Carey Terrance (Akwesasne, N.Y./Erie, OHL) kick-started the offence for Canada White, opening the scoring less than three minutes into the game. Tyler Peddle (Antigonish, N.S./Drummondville, QMJHL) added a goal and an assist, and Ethan Gauthier (Drummondville, Que./Sherbrooke, QMJHL) chipped in with a pair of helpers.

Goaltender Scott Ratzlaff (Irma, Alta./Seattle, WHL) made 12 saves in the win.

“Our players were a little bit disappointed after yesterday’s result, but overall I am proud of the way they finished the tournament,” said Canada White head coach Rob Wilson (Toronto/Peterborough, Ont.). “We had such a great group of players and staff, and it was a pleasure to be a part of this team. I am looking forward to watching our players flourish as they continue on in their careers.”

Emma Maltais (Burlington, Ont./Ohio State University, WCHA) scored the lone goal for Canada’s National Women’s Team, while goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, Alta./PWHPA) turned in a 38-save performance.

Russia perfect in Angelholm

Danila Yurov was among the key players for Russia in its tournament in in Sweden in what was the last big test for the teams before departing to the World Juniors in December

By Risto Pakarinen –

Russia came, they saw and they conquered, winning all three games in the under-20 Four Nations tournament in Angelholm, Sweden. The tournament is an important part of the four teams’ preparation for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Red Deer, Canada in December. 

What makes the feat even more impressive is the fact that Russia had age-eligible players in the Karjala tournament with the men’s team, including the 16-year-old phenom Matvei Michkov. 

The Russian team still had enough firepower, scoring 16 goals in the three games. 

Head coach Vladimir Filatov, who will be an assistant on the World Juniors team, was happy with his team’s play, and even opened the door to Edmonton for some.

“Yes, we have a lot of players in Helsinki at the same time, but these guys are candidates to make the World Juniors team as well as players in Canadian junior leagues,” he said. 

“Coaches don’t usually like to name names publicly, but Alexander Pashin has scored in every game and deserves to be named,” Filatov said of the diminutive forward who led the tournament in scoring with four goals and six points in three games.

Finland finished second, having lost their opening game to Russia.     

For the hosts, more important than their third-place finish was the fact that they’re finding their groove at the right time. 

“We’ve taken a major step since the July-August games when we didn’t play very well and were rather pedestrian. Over here we showed that we can put up a fight [against these teams],” said Sweden’s head coach Tomas Monten. 

The offence is still lacking that one high-quality scorer, and unfortunately for Monten and Sweden, the players that would bring scoring to the team, such as Lucas Raymond and Alexander Holtz, are playing in North America, and especially in the case of Raymond, so well in the NHL that he probably won’t be available in December. On the other hand, Monten does have William Eklund in reserve as the 19-year-old forward just returned to Sweden from the San Jose Sharks. 

“We have good goalies, defence is solid, but unfortunately, we don’t have many forwards who stand out in the SHL, or that would, for example, get to play a lot of minutes on power play,” he said. 

However, Monten did have the tournament’s best defenceman, Simon Edvinsson, who was a majestic presence on the Swedish blueline. He recorded two assists in the two games he played. The 18-year-old was recovering from an illness and hadn’t practised the week before so he was given some rest after the first two games. 

The Czechs had a weak outing, finishing fourth, and having scored just five goals. Their leading scorer was defenceman Jakub Sedivy who collected two assists, tied for 18th in the tournament scoring.

Germany wins in Lillehammer

For World Juniors teams were involved in the Four Nations tournament in Lillehammer where Germany got the most out of it. After starting with a 5-4 shootout loss to Slovakia, the Germany rebounded and beat both host Norway (4-2) and Switzerland (5-2) to claim first place. The 5-2 win in the neighbouring clash against Switzerland was a winner-takes-it-all game as the Swiss had previously beaten Norway (6-3) and Slovakia (5-3). Norway finished in third place after a 5-3 victory against Slovakia.

Goaltender Niklas Lunemann shone with a tournament-leading 92.7% save percentage while Maksymilian Szuber, Joshua, Samanski and Florian Elias were among the scoring leaders only behind Switzerland’s Simon Knak, who impressed with five goals and seven points in three games.

Belarus finished another tournament in neighbouring Latvia in first place ahead of Austria, the only top-division team in the tournament, while France succeeded in a four-team tournament in Italy.

Sweden wins Karjala Tournament

Swedish forward Anton Lander got the opening goal in the decisive game and scored a couple against Russia

By Andy Potts –

Sweden took the honours in the first stage of this season’s Euro Hockey Tour, defeating Finland in Sunday’s decisive game at the Karjala Tournament in Helsinki. The Tre Kronor enjoyed a perfect weekend at the start of the international campaign, beginning with a 4-1 win over the Czechs in Linkoping before heading to the Finnish capital to beat Russia 4-2 and Finland 3-1.

The game against neighbouring Finland was a winner-take-all clash, with both teams victorious in their opening games. However, Sweden always held a slight advantage and converted that into an opening goal from Anton Lander late in the first period. The middle frame brought two more goals for the visitor, with Jesper Olofsson and Henrik Tommernes on target before Heikki Liedes potted a consolation effort for Suomi in the third.

Earlier on Sunday, Russia defeated the Czech Republic 5-2 to take third place. Once again, the Russians played a youthful roster – 25-year-olds Alexander Yelesin and Danil Vovchenko were the elder statesmen on the team – but unlike last season the Red Machine found it tough against more experienced European opposition.

Sweden’s roster was uncharacteristically light on KHL players this time, with Johann Garpenlov choosing to take a look at his Swiss-based players. The likes of Lander, Tommernes, Olofsson, Niklas Hansson, Mathias Brome and Carl Klingberg all featured in the Karjala Tournament but will be unavailable for December’s Channel 1 Cup due to club commitments. That could open the door for several KHLers to take part in the tournament in Moscow.

That tournament will also feature a Canadian line-up. Russian Hockey Federation vice-president Roman Rotenberg confirmed that Hockey Canada had asked to take part, explaining that Canada wanted to prepare a team of European-based players in case the Covid-19 situation makes it impossible for NHLers to go to the Olympics in February.

Michkov makes an instant impact

While Sweden took the honours in Helsinki, Russia’s 16-year-old star Matvei Michkov wrote plenty of headlines. The SKA St. Petersburg prospect became the youngest ever player to represent Russia or the USSR, making his debut in Thursday’s game against Finland at the tender age of 16 years, 11 months and two days. That smashed the record set by Alexander Ovechkin in 2003 as the youngest skater on a Russian team, and the all-time Russian and Soviet record held by legendary goalie Vladislav Tretyak since 1968. Ovechkin and Tretyak were the only players to represent the Red Machine at the age of 17; Nikita Chibrikov became the third to do so at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Michkov was by no means overawed in that exulted company. In his second appearance, Saturday’s 2-4 loss to Sweden, he became his country’s youngest ever goal scorer – and how! Early in the second period, the teenager collected the puck behind Gustaf Lindvall’s net and executed a lacrosse goal. The following day, Michkov was on the scoresheet again as a youthful Russian team signed off with a 5-2 win over the Czechs to take third place in the competition.

Like any sniper, though, Michkov’s thoughts were as much on the chance he missed as the goal he so spectacularly scored.

“In the first period I should have scored, but the puck didn’t quite drop for me. In the second, when I scored, everything fell into place; the puck dropped onto the crook, I decided to give it a go and it all worked out,” he said after the game. “I don’t even remember when I first learned that trick, but if you keep slaving away at it, you can work these things out.”

Meanwhile, the SKA youngster got rave reviews from his clubmate Lars Johansson, who was understudy to Lindvall for the game against Russia. “Michkov’s goal was unreal,” he told RIA Novosti. “I know how much of a skilled player he is, but I’m still amazed by how quick his hands are, how quickly he reads the situation.

“When I was 16, I was nowhere near that level. Michkov is a unique talent, and I’ve seen how hard he works. I hope he’ll just get better and better.

“He’s scored on me more than once in practice and, believe me, he’s scored some crazy goals there, but I’ve never seen a ‘lacrosse’ goal before. Matvei loves to compete, so it’s always fun to come up against him.”

Germany triumphs in Deutschland Cup

Three wins from three saw the host nation top the standings in Krefeld. This four-team contest came down to a winner-takes-all showdown between Germany and Slovakia on Sunday afternoon and Toni Soderholm’s team came out on top with a 4-1 verdict. Leonhard Pfoderl opened the scoring after 14 seconds, Tobias Rieder led the scoring with two goals and an assist, while Marcel Noebels had two helpers. Dominik Bittner was the other German scorer, while Samuel Bucek got Slovakia’s consolation effort. Switzerland took third place in the group after recovering from 0-2 to post a 3-2 victory over Russia ‘B’. Long-serving captain Andres Ambuhl started the fightback, Sven Andrighetto potted the equalizer and Inti Pestoni grabbed the winning in the final minutes.

Rieder’s game-winning display against Slovakia helped him to the top of the scoring charts with 5 (4+1) points. Noebels’ handful of assists saw him join his colleague on five, while Pfoderl finished with 4 (3+1) from the weekend.

Young Belarusians impress in Slovenia

Slovenia hosted a four-team tournament in Jesenice, inviting Belarus, France and Austria to the competition. For three of the teams, this was a chance to prepare for the World Championship promotion campaign in Division IA in the spring, while for Belarus it was an opportunity to build a team ready for elite pool action in Finland in May.

With that in mind, the Belarusians brought a young roster to the competition and named 20-year-old Ilya Usov as captain. The formula was successful: after edging past Austria in overtime in the opening game, the Belarusians went on to top the standings with wins over Slovenia (3-0) and France (6-3). Austria took second place with OT victories in its other two games, while France’s 3-2 success against the host nation secured third place. Slovenia managed just three goals in three games, giving head coach Matjaz Kopitar plenty to ponder before hosting Division IA in April.

Denmark hosted a three-way affair involving Norway and Latvia, with all three countries agreeing to bring experimental rosters to the games in Esbjerg and Vojens. The host nation enjoyed two victories, beating Latvia 5-1 and Norway 3-1. In the third game, Latvia blanked the Norwegians for a 3-0 win.

Hungary also staged a three-team event involving Italy and Ukraine. The host nation came out on top, winning 4-1 against Italy and 2-1 against Ukraine. The Italians pipped the Ukrainians to second place, winning in a shoot-out against a team depleted by last minute withdrawals on arrival in Budapest.

Estonia hosted the Baltic Challenge Cup that after two wins for both teams ended with a winner-takes-it-all game between Poland and Estonia that the Poles won easily 8-1. Latvia’s B-team finished in third place getting its only win against Lithuania, 6-1.

Colombia wins men’s title, Puerto Rico women’s team prevails at LATAM Cup

By William Douglas –

Colombia brought 80 players to the Amerigol LATAM Cup, the most of any country in the tournament, and a papayera.

The Colombian percussion and horn band played enthusiastically as Colombia’s Division I men’s team defeated Puerto Rico 5-1 to win the cup at the Florida Panthers IceDen to end the four-day tournament.

It was the second LATAM Cup in three tournaments for Colombia — the 2020 tournament was postponed due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus — and it eliminated the bitter taste from a 3-2 shootout loss to Jamaica in 2019.

Jamaica played exhibition games during the tournament and didn’t contend for the championship.

“To avenge that loss in 2019 and come back is huge, it’s monumental,” said Colombia coach Rich Garvey. “It goes back to the country, it means so much to the rest of the hockey program, both ice and inline, it’s really immeasurable.”

Colombia Fans cheering on their side to Victory

Michael Nijjar, a Colombia player who is a member of the Vegas Golden Knights ownership group, agreed.

“We’re super-excited, I’m sure a lot of people back in Colombia were watching,” he said.

Colombia appeared in four of the five championship games in men’s Division I, Division II, women’s, Under-12 and Under-16 brackets.

In addition to the Division I men’s win, Colombia’s Under-16 team defeated a team comprised of South American players 10-8. Brazil’s Under-12 team defeated Colombia 5-2; and Brazil’s Division II men won 8-2 against Lebanon.

Puerto Rico’s women’s team defeated Colombia 2-0.

“This has been an amazing experience and now we can show off that Puerto Rico and hockey are a thing,” said captain Jazmine Miley, a forward who plays hockey in France. “We’re going to the Olympics, baby. We’re getting that exposure. We’re here to make our mark

Puerto Rico Wins Gold in there first Women’s ice Hockey Tournament

That was the mantra for all the 29 teams and more than 500 players who represented Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Lebanon, Jamaica Mexico and Venezuela.

Most of the LATAM Cup nations don’t have ice rinks or have ones that don’t meet International Ice Hockey Federation standards that would allow them to play in sanctioned international tournaments or compete for a berth in the Olympics.

Their goal is to showcase their talents and inspire sports federations, Olympic committees or private investors in their countries to support ice hockey, mainly with ice rinks where they can play.

“The only way to show the world, to show our country what we’re capable of is being in this type of tournaments,” said Daniel Fierro, head of Colombia’s ice hockey federation. “Fast forward to the next years, we would like to see an ice hockey rink in Colombia, we would like to see Colombia play in world championships, in the qualification for the Olympic Games, and have more and more players playing.”

Agidel lost to Vanke Raise, SKIF beat the Chinese national team

By George Da Silva – National Teams of Ice Hockey

 The final games of the international pre-season WHL Open Cup tournament.

In the opening game of the day, SKIF beat the Chinese national team (2: 1). The Nizhny Novgorod team guaranteed second place in the tournament.

In the final game of the tournament, Agidel played against KRS Vanke Rays. The game became the first meeting after the postponed final series of the playoffs of the 2020/2021 season, as well as a rehearsal for the opening game of the 2021/22 season. KRS Vanke Rays beat Agidel 5-2.

SKIF – China  2: 1 (1: 0, 1: 0, 0: 1)

1: 0 – Prokopenko (Goncharenko, Provorova), 05:22
2: 0 – Starovoitova (Prokopenko, Teiralova), 27:13
2: 1 – Yui (Fan), 48:13

Agidel – KRS Vanke Rays 2: 5 (1: 1, 0: 0, 1: 4)

1: 0 – Pyrkova (Sosina), 00:56
1: 1 – Llanes (Wong), 11:21
1: 2 – Cogan (Kava), 44:29, IB
1: 3 – Cogan (Kava), 49:24
1: 4 – Karvinen, 49:53
1: 5 – Kogan (Karvinen, Kava), 54:04, IB
2: 5 – Sosina, 58:30

Best players:

The best goalkeeper – Valeria Merkusheva (SKIF)

Best Defender – Samantha Cogan (KRS Vanke Rays)

Best Forward – Michelle Karvinen (KRS Vanke Rays)

you can check Video and Standings at  WHL Open Cup

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