IIHF WC IA: Kazakhstan and Belarus are back in the Top Division – Lithuania beat South Korea

With a 3-2 overtime victory over Belarus, both teams are in the top division - Lithuania beat South Korea 2-1.
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The match between Kazakhstan and Belarus was to get the position about the tournament victory. The Kazakhs wanted to thank the local audience as hosts and get the first place.

The Kazakh team also starts with a lot of power and came to the first chances. Belarus goalie Milchakov got a lot to hold. Shortly before half time of the period, Mikhailis will face the 1-0 lead for Kazakhstan (9.). This goal gives another thrust and a few minutes later Zhailauov raises to 2-0 (16.).

After the break, Belarus was able to make the game more open, also as Kazakhstan took the pace a little bit out. After a good pass from Platt to Demkov, he scored the connection goal to 1-2 (27.). After that, the Belarusians increased the pressure, but Karlsson in the Kazakh goal was a sure support. In the final period, there was the same game and the Belarusians managed by Feoktisov the 2-2 equalizer goal (45.). After this goal, the game lapped so, with this result, both teams are definitely permanently qualified. It stayed at that score and it went into overtime. The decision was made after just over three minutes. Shestakov takes over Asetov’s pass and scores for 3-2. This brings Kazakhstan first place in the first place in the table.

Team Kazahstan vs Team Belarus 3-2 OT (2-0, 0-1, 0-1, 1-0)

Lithuania stood with its back to the wall and had to win against Hungary to have another chance to stay in the Div IA.

Lithuania’s head coach Lacroix had put his team down tremendously. The Lithuanians went with a lot of vigor in this important game. The South Koreans sometimes played too hard a game and Lithuania came to power play. This was also used. After a pass from Alisauskas Kumeliauskas scored the lead to 1-0 (14.). After that it was an open game, both teams found some good chances, but Tor remained out. The same picture was also in the middle period, the only thing missing were the goals. Only in the final period it was exciting again. The South Koreans succeed early by Sang-Wook the equalizer goal to 1-1 (43.). Lithuania increased the pace and a few minutes later Gintautas made it 2-1 (50.). The Südkreaner then ran forward for the Lithuanian goal, but the defensive and goalie Armalis allowed no more goal. Lithuania have this match and can secure themselves a stay in the Div IB on the final day with a victory over Slovenia.

Team South Korea vs Team Lithuania 1-2 (0-1, 0-0, 1-1)

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