IIHF WC IA: Hungary celebrates victory over Lithuania

In a one-sided game Hungary wins against newly promoted Lithuania 4-1.
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In the match against newly promoted Lithuania, it was already for Hungary to relegation. Only the winner would remain in the Div A. The last match between these teams was 2016, Hungary won 4-0.

In the first few minutes there was the palpation of both teams. The Hungarians had more playful elements than the Lithuanians. They did not know how to use their Power-Paly games. After a quick counter attack from the own zone Nagy plays on the riding Bartalis. He does not think long and scored the 1-0 for Hungary (9). Lithuania pushed for the equalizer, but was too offensive. An accurate pass from Szirany from his own zone on Bartalis. This took the puck and plays through the Lithuanian defense, Armalis does not stand a chance and meets to 2-0 (16.). Lithuania did not give up and came to another power play towards the end of the period. After a Bosas shot, the puck jumps back from the gang into the field. The Hungarian defender Varga can not beat the puck and Kumeliauskas scored in the second attempt the connection goal to 1-2 (19.).

The Hungarian team also started the middle period with a lot of pressure. The first good opportunity for another goal had Benk, but Goalie Armalis prevented that. Shortly thereafter, Hungary came to a power play game and Sofron forgives the first chance. Shortly before the expiration of the penalty for Katulis, Vas tries with one shot. Goalie Armalis defended briefly and Erdely hits from the distance to 3-1 (27.). Lithuania tried to get back into the game, but the attacks were too timid. One of the few chances had Cetvertak, he fails to Hungary’s goalie Vay. Towards the second break, Hungary pressed more again. After a mistake by Armalis, he plays the puck directly to Bartalis. He plays a cross over Sofron who scores the 4-1 (37.).

The Hungarians controlled the game in the final period from the start and did not allow any great chances for the Lithuanians. These tried, but mostly was in the well-standing defensive of Hungary final. After a long pass from Bosas Kumeliauskas had a good chance, but Goalie Vay could parry. The Hungarians were mostly in the Lithuanian zone, so Bodo had a very good chance of scoring another goal. towards the end the Lithuanians became stronger etas, but Kumeliauskas and Gintautas can not beat Vay. In the last two minutes, Lithuania also had a power play, as Terbocs was given a 5-minute penalty. But no goal fell and the Hungarians win their first game at this tournament. Lithuania is fighting with Slovenia for relegation. „This victory was so important to us, we wanted these three points. The fans were fantastic, which also pushed us a lot and helped us a lot.“ said Istvan Sofron after the game.

Team Lithuania vs Team Hungary 1-4 (1-2, 0:2, 0-0)

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