Ice hockey: Romania wins Group B of World Championship, promotes to second echelon
The national ice hockey team of Romania will promote to the second world ice hockey echelon after winning on Saturday Group B of the World Championship, Division I in Tallinn (Estonia), following a victory against the Netherlands 3-1 (1-0, 1-1, 1-0).
Romanian scorers on Saturday: Gergo Biro (03:58), Attila Goga (20:46) and Balazs Peter (58:16), while Levi Boer (37:26) scored for the Dutch.
In Tallinn, Romania registered the following results: 4-3 (2-0, 0-2, 1-1, 0-0, 1-0) against Estonia, after extra time and penalty shoot-outs, 3-2 (0-2 , 2-0, 1-0) against Japan, 3-2 (1-0, 0-0, 1-2, 1-0) against Poland, has defeated Ukraine after extra time 5-1 (2-0, 1-1, 2-0) and won 3-1 (1-0, 1-1, 1-0) against the Netherlands.
The Romanian team, coached by the Slovak Julius Penzes and Marius Trandafir (second coach), had five injured core players, the goal of the team was to remain in the third world echelon.
Romania ranks first in the standings with 13 points, followed by Poland 10 points, Japan 6 points, Estonia 4 points, Ukraine 3 points, Netherlands 3 points.
Regardless of other results, Romania will finish first (it has the advantage of direct result with Poland), and the Netherlands last.
photo: Romanian Ice Hockey Federation