Just a day removed from winning their first ever International Hockey Lineal Championship in a shootout victory, Denmark retained their new title with a matching scoreline, this time dispatching Slovenia 3-2 in the shootout.
Unlike Denmark’s come-from-behind win 24 hours earlier to defeat Norway, this game was relatively low-key through the first 40 minutes, with an Andrej Židan goal for the Risi being the only bright spot in an evenly matched game littered with penalties. But the third period opened the offensive floodgates, resulting in a flurry of 3 goals in 1:58 to send the game to extra time.
First it was a Mads Bødker strike for the Lions, Denmark’s first power play goal in six attempts, 3:07 into the first to tie things up at 1-1. With Slovene goalie Andrej Hočevar apparently still rattled from the first goal, he conceded a second just 73 seconds later to Julian Jakobsen to put Denmark ahead. Then, just 45 seconds after that, Slovenia managed to tie things up when Sabahudin Kovačevič beat Danish netminder Frederik Andersen, putting the scoreline at 2-2, as it would remain until the end of regulation.
With overtime solving nothing, both Andersen and Hočevar were called on to step up in the shootout, which both managed to do, stopping the first five shooters combined. But it was Denmark’s last shooter, Jakobsen, that finally solved Hočevar and netted the game winner for the Danes.
With the win, Denmark retains the International Hockey Lineal Championship they won from Norway just the day before, their first ever IHLC title. Denmark, who wins in their first ever IHLC title game against Slovenia, beats the team that Norway defeated in the Polessye Cup opening to retain the title, a 3-1 win. Denmark is now guaranteed to hold the title until next month, when they defend in the Arosa Challenge against Switzerland and Belarus.
03:41 – PEN – Hebar, tripping
06:38 – PEN – Bødker, holding
10:43 – PEN – Eskesen, slashing
11:01 – PEN – K. Jensen, slashing
16:59 – PEN – Tavželj, high sticking
20:00 – PEN – Madsen, 10 min. misconduct
21:54 – PEN – J. Jensen, tripping
28:15 – PEN – Hebar, elbowing
30:22 – PEN – Brus, hooking
33:38 – PEN – Milovanovič, holding
36:33 – GOAL – Židan (Šivic)
36:54 – PEN – Christensen, slashing
41:12 – PEN – Kranjc, high sticking
43:07 – PP GOAL – Bødker (J. Jensen, L. Lassen)
44:20 – GOAL – Jakobsen (D. Nielsen, S. Lassen)
45:05 – GOAL – Kovačevič (Terglav, Šivic)
51:40 – PEN – Starkov, slashing
L. Lassen stopped
W: Andersen (28-30)
L: A. Hočevar (35-38)
SHOTS ON GOAL
9+12+13+3+1 = 38
11+7+9+3+0 = 30
Goaltenders: Frederik Andersen, Simon Nielsen. Defence: Mads Bødker, Mads Bech Christensen, Michael Eskesen, Philip Hersby, Kasper Jensen, Stefan Lassen, Daniel Nielsen. Forwards: Morten Andreasen, Thomas Boll, Kasper Degn, Olafur Gunnarsson, Lasse Holgaard, Sune Hyulmand, Julian Jakobsen, Jesper Jensen, Lasse Lassen, Morten Madsen, Morten Poulsen, Kirill Starkov.
Goaltenders: Andrej Hočevar, Matija Pintarič. Defence: Blaž Gregorc, Sabahudin Kovačevič, Aleš Kranjc, Gregory Kuznik, Jakob Milovanovič, Žiga Pavlin, Andrej Tavželj. Forwards: Miha Brus, Boštjan Goličič, Andrej Hebar, Matej Hočevar, Žiga Jeglič, Žiga Pance, Robert Sabolič, Mitja Šivic, Edo Terglav, Rok Tičar, Jan Urbas, Andrej Židan.