Category: Tournaments (Page 1 of 10)

Iran emerges victorious in the 2024 IIHF Women’s Asia and Oceania Cup

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

Iran’s national team emerged victorious in the 2024 IIHF Women’s Asia and Oceania Cup, securing a resounding 4-0 win against the Philippines on Saturday. The thrilling competition took place at the Gorodskoi Katok in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, showcasing the talent and determination of the participating teams.

Prior to their triumph, Team Iran showcased their dominance by securing impressive victories in their previous matches. They defeated the UAE with a staggering 16-0 scoreline, followed by a convincing 6-0 win against Kyrgyzstan and a commanding 10-0 triumph over India. These remarkable performances demonstrated Iran’s exceptional skills and teamwork throughout the tournament.

Last year, Iran achieved a commendable result by securing a silver medal in the competition. Their performance in the tournament was noteworthy and showcased their talent and dedication in the sport of ice hockey.

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) organized the 2024 IIHF Women’s Asia and Oceania Cup, a prestigious international ice hockey tournament exclusively for women. Held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, from March 24 to 30, this edition of the tournament brought together teams from the region to compete for the coveted title.

Finland emerges victorious in the Beijer Hockey Games

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

In the “final match” of the Beijer Hockey Games on Sunday, Tre Kronor and Finland clashed to determine the ultimate winner. Both teams had emerged victorious in their first two games. However, Sweden faced a challenging situation with only eleven forwards available due to injuries and illnesses that had affected Anton Bengtsson, Max Friberg, and Jesper Frödén since the beginning of the tournament. Consequently, Tre Kronor struggled and ultimately suffered a 2-1 defeat against Finland, resulting in the Finns claiming the tournament victory in Karlstad.

Finland displayed a strong start to the match, establishing their dominance and earning an early power play opportunity. Within the first five minutes, Eemeli Finland successfully scored, putting the Finns ahead with a 0-1 lead. As the game progressed, intense moments unfolded in both directions. Towards the end of the first period, Tre Kronor had an opportunity in the power play, but unfortunately, Marcus Sylvegård’s shot hit the post. Despite this, Finland maintained their lead after 20 minutes of play.

Emil Larmi showcased an exceptional performance, proving to be a key player for Finland

Throughout the tournament, it became evident that Finland posed the greatest challenge for Sweden. The Finnish team, known as the white “Lions,” displayed a strong start in the second half, creating numerous opportunities that tested Marcus Högberg, the Swedish goalkeeper. Under the leadership of Jukka Jalonen, Finland’s defense was formidable, effectively shutting down Tre Kronor.

Despite Sweden’s efforts, particularly during power plays, Emil Larmi, the Finnish goalkeeper, proved to be an impenetrable barrier. Larmi remained steadfast as Sweden applied pressure, ensuring a clean sheet for Finland. Capitalizing on their defensive strength, Finland executed a counterattack, resulting in a goal by Pekka Jormakka, extending their lead to 0-2.

Although Sweden dominated in shots on goal, with a score of 17-11 in their favor after two periods, they were unable to convert their opportunities into goals.

Hardegård’s influence diminished – however, Finland remained resilient

Finland commenced the third period with a strong performance, but ultimately Emil Larmi succumbed to Sweden’s intensified offensive. Malte Strömwall skillfully passed the puck to Marcus Hardegård, who successfully converted it into a goal, resulting in a score of 1-2. Notably, Luleåbacken has now scored in two consecutive games. Consequently, Tre Kronor established a connection and initiated a more aggressive approach in their pursuit of an equalizer.

At the midpoint of the game, Sweden had a golden opportunity to level the score through a power play. Despite creating several promising chances, Larmi’s exceptional saves ensured that the score remained 1-2. Tre Kronor continued to create scoring opportunities, but Larmi stood strong in the goal, denying them any chance of equalizing.

With two and a half minutes remaining, Sweden called for a timeout and replaced their goalkeeper with an extra attacker. However, Finland held their ground and emerged victorious with a 2-1 win, securing the title of champions in the Beijer Hockey Games. The third period saw an astonishing shot count of 19-2 in favor of Sweden, resulting in a total of 36-13 shots throughout the game. Nevertheless, Emil Larmi’s outstanding performance ensured Finland’s triumph.

During this season’s Euro Hockey Tour, Sweden has achieved one tournament victory in Switzerland, along with securing second place in both Finland and Sweden tournaments.


Belarus U20 Wins Future Cup

Belarus U20 wins the Future cup for the 2nd year in a row

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

Minsk-hosted traditional international Future Cup tournament has concluded. The final game witnessed a fierce competition between the Russian U18 junior team and the Belarusian U20 national team, as they battled for the top spot. With both teams boasting two victories each, the game was played with the motto “The winner takes all.”

It is intriguing that this particular game currently bore similarities to the previous one, where the Russian U17 and Kazakhstan U20 national teams clashed. Initially, the young players struggled to adjust to the style of their more experienced adversaries, resulting in their loss during the initial period. The sole distinction lied in the fact that the 18-year-olds conceded three goals within 20 minutes, as opposed to the 17-year-olds who only let in two. The penalties proved to be their downfall, as the Belarusians capitalized on the power play to score the first two goals.

The Russian juniors exhibited equal determination and inspiration during the second period, ultimately securing a victory and gaining a lead in the score by the break. A noteworthy aspect shared by both junior teams was the occurrence of a crucial event known as a “goal from the locker room”: Vadim Dudorov managed to score just 20 seconds after the game resumed (it is worth noting that the Russian U17 team took 31 seconds to achieve this feat in their match against the Kazakhstan team).

It is worth mentioning that the Russians’ resurgence in the game commenced with the goalkeeper. Pyotr Andreyanov initiated the offensive move, culminating in Dudorov’s successful goal. Subsequently, everything fell into place seamlessly, as Mark Slivchenko and Timur Kol managed to nullify the opponents’ lead in just over eight minutes. Furthermore, in the 33rd minute, Ivan Ryabkin propelled the Russia U18 team into the lead.

In the final period, the Russians were finally granted their first opportunity to play with a man advantage, and Kol capitalized on it, scoring two goals. The Belarusians effectively shut down any further chances for the Russians to level the playing field, resulting in the juniors maintaining a 100% success rate on power plays. Unfortunately, the game while shorthanded left much to be desired. It was now the Belarusians’ turn to turn the tide of the game and they did so by scoring two goals in the last seven minutes, one of which came during a power play. As a result, three out of the five goals conceded by the Russians during regulation time were a direct consequence of penalties. 

Dmitri Tukach secured the victory for the Belarusians, along with the coveted championship trophy for the second consecutive year, during the final minute of extra time in the game that went into overtime.

France Wins Four Nations Tournament At Home

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

The initial third of the game is characterized by a sense of openness and equilibrium. Prior to launching their offensive maneuvers, the French had to withstand a Danish powerplay, which was a result of a penalty called against Kévin Spinozzi just 14 seconds into the game. Julian Junca, who started the game, displayed strong defensive skills. Subsequently, the French initiated their attack, with Anthony Rech having the first opportunity. Aurélien Dair took advantage of a well-executed play between Kévin Bozon and Florian Chakiachvili to take his chance. Although this action did not result in a goal, a few minutes later, the young forward found the back of the net. During a powerplay, France relentlessly pressured the Danish goal, and Charles Bertrand’s third attempt in a minute caused chaos. Consequently, Aurélien Dair, who had already scored two goals for the French team on the previous day, capitalized on the situation. Unfortunately, Denmark equalized shortly after through Patrick Russell. The remainder of the third period witnessed both teams taking their chances, including an impressive solo effort from Anthony Rech.

After an initial scare in front of Julian Junca’s goal early in the third period, Kévin Bozon successfully manages to scoop the puck in the Danish defensive zone and delivers a perfect pass to Aurélien Dair, who confidently scores with a shot into the right corner. Just like in the first period, Denmark quickly equalizes. And once again, it’s Patrick Russell who responds to Aurélien Dair. Philippe Bozon’s players gain a powerplay and opportunity, but unfortunately, they fail to capitalize on it. The game sees a series of clear chances: Thomas Thiry hits the post with a shot from a difficult angle. Kévin Bozon, who breaks away, lacks precision in his one-on-one encounter during the middle of the game. Who better than the captain to lead his team back on track? In the 35th minute, Sacha Treille skillfully intercepts an opponent’s pass and charges towards the goal. It’s a perfect setup for a goal on  George Soerensen of Denmark.

The third period begins with a double Danish superiority to manage. Unfortunately, the French will not be able to resist and will concede two goals in quick succession from Joachim Blichfeld and Mikkel Aagaard. The French team needing a goal to tie the game go on the attack with an attempt from Anthony Rech which touches the top of the net The French team misses the opportunity to equalize. Tomas Simonsen ventures into the Danish defensive zone and manages to equalize at close range of the cage to tie the at four goals a piece..  Push by a pro French crowd Vincent Llorca scores a fifth goal! After good work from Tim Bozon and Enzo Guebey. With two victories, the French team won the Epinal 4 Nations Tournament and now will start preparing for the World Championships.

The Hungarian Women’s National Team Win Tournament In Slovakia

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

Anikó Németh took up the position of goalkeeper for the Hungarian team, while Helga Milibák served as the backup. Hayley Williams and Petra Szamosfalvi were not included in the match-day squad.

The national team had a fantastic start, with Alexandra Huszák, who was celebrating her 100th game, scoring a goal just one minute into the match by skillfully maneuvering the puck past the opposing goalkeeper. The first period presented limited opportunities, but as the game progressed, the Hungarians gained the upper hand. However, they were unable to extend their lead. Despite being at a disadvantage, the defense performed admirably, with Anikó Németh making crucial saves.

In the opening of the third period, the Slovaks managed to reverse the situation. Hlinkova scored the first goal with a power play, capitalizing on a rebound. Istocyova then skillfully maneuvered and fired a shot from to the short side corner. Seizing another opportunity, the home team extended their lead in the 52nd minute when Kubekova knocked in a puck that had been returned from behind the goal. However, the Hungarian team refused to surrender, and within a little over a minute, Boglárka Báhiczki-Tóth narrowed the gap with a precise shot. Determined to equalize, the national team relentlessly pressed forward, even enjoying a man advantage in the second half. Finally, in the midst of a scramble in front of the goal, Regina Metzler successfully leveled the score.

In the game, there was a sense of caution due to the additional time. Lotti Odnoga’s shot posed a threat, while on the opposing side, they had the opportunity to secure a win with an extra player, but Németh managed to save their attempts.

Réka Dabasi successfully converted the penalty Shot for  Hungary, and Fanni Garát-Gasparics scored in the winning shot resulting in a 4-3 victory for Hungary.

With this win in Bratislava, the national team has now accumulated six points in the tournament, just like they did in Budapest back in December. This serves as a promising indication ahead of the World Championship in April.



4–0 victory of the female lions against Germany secured the victory at EHT tournament

By National teams of Ice Hockey

Finland’s women’s team showcased their dominance in the final match of the Czech EHT competition against Germany, securing an impeccable 4-0 victory. This triumph not only sealed their victory in the entire competition but also highlighted their exceptional performance. Despite a tough challenge from Germany, Finland emerged victorious against Switzerland and the Czech Republic in the earlier matches. Although they narrowly lost to Sweden in a thrilling shootout, their overall success in the tournament remains commendable.

Petra Nieminen (3+3) emerged as the most skilled player in Finland throughout the entire competition. Noora Tulus (2+2), Michelle Karvinen (1+3), and Ronja Savolainen (0+4) all concluded the competition with 4 points. Additionally, Karvinen was selected as the competition’s top forward.

According to Saara Niemi, the coach of the Ladies’ Lions, the team’s focus during the competition was on playing a strong defense and dominating the area. Niemi believes that these strategies were also effective in the match against Germany. However, in Niemi’s opinion, the overall performance and atmosphere did not quite measure up to Friday’s game against the Czechia.

Niemi states that the team’s grip on the game improved towards the end, accompanied by a solid fundamental game, resulting in a triumph over Germany.

In the match against Germany, captain Jenni Hiirikoski (scoring two goals), Noora Tulus, and Julia Liikala completed the scoring for the Finnish team.

The path of the female lions persists as they advance towards the World Championships, scheduled to take place from April 3 to 14 in the USA.

Tereza Vanisova emerged as the top scorer of the tournament, accumulating eight points in four games. Meanwhile, Mrazova, Petra Nieminen, and Sapovalivova shared the second position with six points each.



Three victories for Poles and a triumph in the Independence Cup tournament

Poles win the Independence Cup

Source: Kurier Szczecinski

The Independence Cup hockey tournament ended at ArcelorMittal Park in Sosnowiec, in which the Poles defeated Estonia, the Latvian youth team and Lithuania and confidently won the international event. The honorary patronage of the event was held by the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda. 

Poland – Estonia 7:3 (2:1, 3:0, 2:2)

Goals: Ciura 1, Wanat 15, Jeziorski 23, Jeziorski 27, Komorski 29, Łyszczarczyk 49, Krężołek 57 – Rooba 17, Arrak 45, Lovkov 52.

Poland – Latvia U-20 5:1 (1:0, 2:0, 2:1)

Goals: Jeziorski 17, Dronia 25, Jeziorski 35, Ciura 48, Łyszczarczyk 58 – Stradnieks 43.

Poland – Lithuania 5:1 (1:0, 1:1, 3:0)

Goals: Smal 9, Łyszczarczyk 39, Jeziorski 46, Łyszczarczyk 52, Bukowski 52 – Gintautas 27.



National Teams of ice Hockey

 Italy won the Sárközy Tamás Memorial Tournament again , thanks to a 1-0 overtime score against Ukraine . Alex Trivellato scored the winning goal, while Marco De Filippo scored a shutout. The Azzurri therefore finished the tournament with three victories (two after the 60 minutes of regulation) and only one goal conceded.

 For coach Mike Keenan this is his first tournament win since taking over the Italian National men’s team. 

The national women’s team,
Le Azzurre, was involved in Krynica zdroj over the weekend for a double friendly match against Poland . Italy won a hard-fought first match, which ended 5-4 in overtime: a back-and-forth made up of comebacks and counter-comebacks, ending with Anna Callovini’s goal in extra time. In the second match, played on Saturday morning, a decidedly clearer victory for our girls, who won 6 – 1 thanks to Roccella’s two goals and goals from Mazzocchi, Niccolai, Engele and Palazzari.

The youth national teams
The U20s took to the ice in Székesfehérvár, Hungary, in a 4 Nations Tournament: after a 4-0 defeat against the home team, the Azzurrini reacted by imposing themselves with an excellent 5-4 win over France (two goals by De Luca and goals from Manganelli, Covelli and Larcher), while in the last outing against Slovenia another narrow success 3-2 over Slovenia was the result of goals from Larcher, Albis and Gschliesser.


National Teams of Ice Hockey

Successful title defense! At this year’s Deutschland Cup in Landshut, the German national ice hockey team was able to successfully defend the title and win the traditional tournament for the tenth time.

The Deutschland Cup was held for the first time this year in the city of Landshut. In addition to the men’s tournament, a four-nation tournament for the women’s national teams was also held at the same time. While the German men secured the title with wins against Denmark (4:1) and Austria (5:3), the German women ended up in third place. 

In the end, the German boys were able to defend their title despite a tie on points with the teams from Denmark and Slovakia. Because of the tie on points, a new table was calculated between the games of the three teams with the same points. Since the German team ended up having the better goal difference in this new table, national coach Harry Kreis’ boys won the tournament.

The Czech female hockey players are having a dream start to the season.  At the tournament in Landshut, Germany, Czech women won all three games with a score of 17-2 and in addition to winning the cup in Germany, the women also won the  summer tournament in Finland.

Lebanon dominates Arab Cup of Ice Hockey, triumphing in the final

Source: LBC

Lebanon won the Arab Cup of Ice Hockey after defeating the hosts Kuwaiti by a score of 9-4 in the final game

Eight teams participated in the tournament, divided into two groups. The first included Kuwait, Tunisia, Algeria, and Bahrain, and the second included Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Oman.

The Lebanese national team outperform its competitors, defeating Saudi Arabia 7-1, Egypt 7-0, then Oman 15-5 to reach the semi-finals and topping its group. 

Additionally, it found no difficulty playing against Bahrain (8-1) before defeating the host Kuwait in the final.

The national team includes players from the diaspora, including 16 from Canada, and received tremendous support from the Lebanese expatriates in Kuwait.

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