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2019 Sirius Junior Club World Cup consolation round games took place on August 29th. Czech Ocelari Trinec and Swiss HC Davos, who finished 4th in their pools in round robin, disputed 7th place at the tournament.
Davos gained just one point in round robin and scored just as many goals. The Swiss got their only point in the game against MODO as they lost it in the shootout. As for Czech Republic, they defeated Team NAHL, barring them from making the medal round and sending there Red Bull instead.
First half of the opening period was a bit chaotic. The teams made a lot of mistakes but made up for it with their determination. The Czechs were able to lock the opposition in Florian Haller’s territory. The latter had to work hard and on one occasion he was saved by the goal-post. All in all, the period didn’t boast many scoring chances.
In the second stanza the teams traded penalties but failed to create anything conclusive on their man-advantages. However, when one of Ocelari leaders, Jan Kalus, got the gate, Davos opened up the scoring – Fabian Ritzmann scored his first goal of the tournament, which was only second goal in total for his team in Sochi.
Czech Republic tied the game up in the third frame, also converting on powerplay. Marc Cadanau had his stick higher than allowed and Kalus made up for his earlier penalty as he beat Haller. Regulation time ended with a 1-1 tie. Late into the 10-minute overtime Trinec scored the game-winning goal. Victor Konecny skated behind the net and centered it for lone Nico Geidl. 2-1 and Trinec finish 7th at the 2019 Sirius Junior Club World Cup.
“We were motivated today regardless of the fact it was just a 7th place game,” assured Trinec head-coach Jiri Jurik. “We knew that every game at the tournament was going to be difficult so every win is important for us. We were tired physically after last night’s game. If you noticed, we switched to playing three lines late in the game against Team NAHL. We also had to finish this game with three lines. The boys got really tired towards the end of the tournament. Today was a little more difficult than yesterday mostly mentally. We were afraid that the opponent would play tough at the boards and in the slot. I think it was a great experience for our guys because we played against the top European teams. We saw our shortcomings. We realized what we need to improve to match the level of other teams.”
“Both teams were good today,” believed Davos goaltender Florian Haller. “But that definitely was a frustrating loss. I played my first game at the tournament and stopped many good shots. I didn’t allow many goals so I can say that all in all I had a good game. But, obviously, I would rather win today. Although, we scored just two goals at the tournament. It was difficult to expect to win when you’re scoring just two goals in three games. I think our best game at the tournament was our first, in which we faced MODO. That game was similar to the one against Trinec but the Swedish team played at a slightly higher level.”
2019 Sirius Junior Club World Cup
August 29th. Sochi, Russia. Shayba Ice Arena
Consolation round. 7th place game
Ocelari Trinec (Czech Republic) – Davos (Switzerland) – 2-1 ОТ (0-0, 0-1, 1-0, 1-0)
0-1 – Ritzmann (Hammerer, Heinen) – 36-03 PPG
1-1 – Kalus (Jenacek, Plandor) – 42-18 PPG
2-1 – Geidl (Michalek, Konecny) – 67-22
Goaltenders: Švančara - Haller