In Group B Switzerland is taking on Finland as Belarus is taking on Russia.
Finland U20 won by a score of 4-0 over the Swiss, Finland (Kerala 2g; Jaatinen 1g; Joensuu 1g) – Swiss 0
Russia beat Belarus by a score of 5-1, Russia U20 (Prigaro 1g; Kazionov 2g; Krysanov 1g; Kucheryavenko 1g) – Belarus (Voroshilov 1g)
The German Ice Hockey Association is very pleased with my performance as Germany U20 GM.
Dean Clark has left Kamloops Blazers and has been named the new GM of DEG Metro Stars GM. With Kamloops Blazers opening up I decided to pass because the team that I want to take over as GM I want to rebuild.
ISS Mid season rankings were released today.
NHL rankings were released as Everett Silvertips Center Zach Hamill was ranked #1. In 35 games so far this season he has 12g 25a for 37pts +24 12 PIM 95 SOG and 7.77 AvR. Ranked #2 is OHL’s London Knights forward Sam Gagner who had 8g 31a for 39pts +9 15 PIM 67 SOG 7.75 AvR in 36 games. The 3rd ranked player Logan Couture who is from Ottawa 67’s in OHL has played 35 games where he has 11g 20a 31pts -2 34 PIM 63 SOG 7.37 AvR.
ISS has released the CHL Import rankings for the upcoming CHL Import draft. Finnish goalie Harri Sateri who plays for Tappara is ranked #1 who has a record of 0-1-0 5.00 GAA .857 Sv % and 7.00 AvR in 1 gp. The 2nd ranked Import is Czech Rep forward Tomas Vincour who is playing for HC Brno where he has 1g 2a 3pts +3 18 PIM 12 SOG 6.00 AvR in 24 games. Lastly the 3rd ranked import is Joonas Valisalmi who is from Finland who plays for Rauma Jrs where in 10 games he has 1g 3a 4pts 8 PIM 9 SOG 6.00 AvR
ISS has released the mid season WHL rankings for the upcoming bantam draft. The top ranked player is Lynd Demers who is a winger that plays with Neepawa who is from Thompson Manitoba. In 28 games with Neepawa of MABL he has 11g 12a 23pts -3 34 PIM 64 SOG 6.64 AvR. The 2nd ranked player is defenseman Armand Mulock who plays for Midwest of CFBHL who is from Middle Lake Saskatchewan who has 5g 28a 33pts +13 74 SOG 7.04 AvR in 26 games. The 3rd ranked player is a 6`2 227lb defenseman Greg Pedersen who is from Vernon, BC who plays for Lumby for BCIBL, where he has 7g 9a 16pts -2 46 PIM 86 SOG 6.64 AvR.
Today is the last day of round robin games as Group B will see Czech Rep play the Swiss and Finland take on Belarus. In Group A it’s Slovakia taking on Sweden and our Germany U20 taking on the USA U20. If some how Slovakia can beat Sweden and we get atleast 1 pt against USA, Sweden will get relegated and we will be onto the quarter finals. If Sweden wins we will be relegated. The winner of the Czech vs Swiss get will move onto the quarter finals and the loser will be sent off to the relegation side.
Germany U20 @ USA U20
We will be going with the same line up as we did against Slovakia and Canada games. Benjamin Driken will get the start in goal.
USA – Felde (Mueller, E. Johnson) 1-0
After 1st period
Shots: GER 5 – USA 12
Blocked Shots: GER 7 – USA 1
PP: GER 0 for 1 – USA 0 for 1
PIM: GER 2 – USA 2
Hits: GER 8 – USA 4
FO %: GER 66.7 % - USA 33.3 %
GER – Korbinian Holzer (1) (Marcel Muller) 1-1
After 2nd period
Shots: GER 13 – USA 18
Blocked Shots: GER 14 – USA 2
PP: GER 0 for 1 – USA 0 for 3
PIM: GER 6 – USA 2
Hits: GER 19 – USA 13
FO %: GER 54.5 % - USA 45.5 %
GER – Philippe Handle (1) (Bruce Becker, Alexander Oblinger) 2-1
USA – Kyle Okposo (Blake Geoffrion, Carl Sneep) 2-2
Final: 2-2 Tie
Shots: GER 23 – USA 24
Blocked Shots: GER 17 – USA 7
PP: GER 0 for 3 – USA 0 for 4
PIM: GER 8 – USA 6
Hits: GER 24 – USA 21
FO %: GER 52.9 % - USA 47.1 %
1st star: Bruce Becker (Germany) 1 assist
2nd star: Erik Johnson (USA) – 1 assist
3rd star: Korbinian Holzer (Germany) – 1 goal
Benjamin Dirksen 22 of 24 saves
In other WJC action in Group A Sweden beat Slovakia by a score of 5-1, Sweden (Moe 2g; Pettersson 1g; Wandell 1g; Lindqvist 1g) – Slovakia (Mikus 1g)
Finland beat the Belarus by a score of 5-0, Finland (Lindgren 2g; Lehtonen 1g; Makela 1g; Kemppainen 1g) – Belarus 0
Czech Rep beat Swiss by a score of 4-0, Czech Rep (Bezouska 2g, Sobotka 1g; Hanzal 1g) – Swiss 0
With the Slovakia loss to Sweden we were sent to the relegation side with Slovakia, Belarus and Switzerland. With our 6-3 win over Slovakia we just need pts against Belarus and Swiss and we will stay up in the big league for next yr.
The quarter finals are set as Czech Rep are up against USA U20 and Russia is up against Sweden U20.
Our relegation games are set for January 5th against Switzerland and the 6th against Belarus.
Switzerland U20 @ Germany U20 (relegation game)
SWI – Bykov (Hasani) 1-0
SWI – Friedli (Lehmann, Marghitola) PP 2-0
GER – Bruce Becker (2) (Marcel Muller) PP 2-1
After 1st Period
Shots: SUI 6 – GER 11
Blocked Shots: SUI 3 – GER 2
PP: SUI 1 for 1 – GER 1 for 2
PIM: SUI 4 – GER 4
Hits: SUI 9 – GER 9
FO %: SUI 33.3 % - 66.7 %
After 2nd Period
Shots: SUI 13 – GER 25
Blocked Shots: SUI 10 – GER 6
PP: SUI 1 for 3 – GER 1 for 3
PIM: SUI 6 – GER 8
Hits: SUI17 – GER 17
FO %: SUI 25.0 % - GER 75.0 %
GER – Elia Ostwald (1) (Rene Kramer, Constantin Braun) SH 2-2
GER – Thomas Oppenheimer (1) (Torsten Ankert) SH 3-2
Final: 3-2 W
Shots: SUI 22 – GER 32
Blocked Shots: SUI 14 – GER 15
PP: SUI 1 for 4 – GER 1 for 4
PIM: SUI 8 – GER 10
Hits: SUI 22 – GER 30
FO %: SUI 40.0 % - GER 60.0 %
1st star: Bruce Becker (Germany) – 1g
2nd star: Thomas Oppenheimer (Germany) – 1g
3rd star: S. Friedli (Switzerland) – 1 goal
Benjamin Dirksen 20 of 22 saves
In other WJC action Slovakia beat Belarus by a score of 6-2, Slovakia (Gazur 1g; Brnak 1g; Mikus 1g; Bliznak 1g; Pertrek 1g; Direr 1g) – Belarus (S.Kostitsyn 1g; Voroshilov 1g)
In the quarter final games USA beat Czech Rep by a score of 4-2, USA (Collins 2g; Okposo 1g; Geoffrion 1g) – Czech Rep (Vojta 2g)
Russia U20 beat Sweden U20 by a score of 4-0, Russia (Tikhonov 2g; Zharkov 1g; Churilov 1g) – Sweden 0
We have our last game of the WJC today as we play host to Belarus U20 in the last relegation game.
Belarus U20 @ Germany U20
Going with the same line up no line up changes as Benjamin Dirksen gets the start in goal
GER – Christoph Gawlik (3) (Marcel Muller, Phillip Gogulla) 1-0
GER – Bruce Becker (3) (Alexander Oblinger) 2-0
Shots: BLR 6 – GER 10
Blocked Shots: BLR 11 – GER 4
PP: BLR 0 for 0 – GER 0 for 3
PIM: BLR 6 – GER 0
Hits: BLR 11 – GER 7
FO %: BLR 25.0 % - GER 75.0 %
GER – Felix Schutz (1) (Matthias Potthoff) 3-0
BLR – Dobrynin (S.Kostitsyn) 3-1
GER – Patrick Buzas (1) (Patrik Gogulla) 4-1
BLR – Savilov (Korotky, S. Kostitsyn) PP 4-2
After 2 Periods
Shots: BLR 15 – GER 19
Blocked Shots: BLR 16 – GER 9
PP: BLR 1 for 1 – GER 0 for 3
PIM: BLR 6 – GER 2
Hits: BLR 19 – GER 11
FO %: BLR 25.0 % - GER 75.0 %
BLR – Savilov (Magdeev) 4-3
Final: 4-3 W
Shots: BLR 21 – GER 22
Blocked Shots: BLR 22 – GER 15
PP: BLR 1 for 4 – GER 0 for 4
PIM: BLR 8 – GER 8
Hits: BLR 25 – GER 21
FO %: BLR 19.0 % - GER 81.0 %
Benjamin Dirksen 18 of 21 saves
1st star: Sergei Kostitsyn (Belarus) – 2a
2nd star: P. Savilov (Belarus) – 2 goals
3rd Star: Patrik Gogulla (Germany) – 1 assist
Slovakia takes on Switzerland with the winner staying in the top tournament with the loser heading down to Division 1.
Slovakia and Switzerland battle to a 3-3 tie, Slovakia (Domin 1g; Lelkes 1g; Bartanus 1g) – Switzerland (Hasani 2g; Jacquemet 1g)
With the better GF/GA differential Slovakia heads down to Division 1 along with Belarus as Switzerland joins us in the big tournament next year as Slovenia and Austria join the big tournament next season.
The WJC semi finals are setup for today as USA is taking on Canada and Finland is taking on Russia.
Canada heads to the gold medal game with a 5-4 win in overtime over USA, Canada (Ryan O’Marra 1g; Steve Downie 1g; Jordan Staal 2g, Ben Wright 1g) – USA (Ryan Stoa 1g, Peter Mueller 1g, Erik Felde 1g; Erik Johnson 1g)
Russia heads to the gold medal game to face Canada as they beat Finland by a score of 3-1, Russia U20 (Tikhonov 2g; Churilov 1g) – Finland (Seppa 1g)
Finland is scheduled to take on USA for Bronze Medal as Canada is taking on Russia for Gold.
Bronze Medal Game:
USA beat Finland by a score of 4-3, USA (Trevor Lewis 1g, Peter Mueller 2g; Brian Lee 1g) – Finland (Jesse Joensuu 1g. Kemppainen 1g; Peltomaa 1g)
Gold Medal Game:
Russia won by a score of 4-3 in overtime, Russia (Zubov 2g; Tikhonov 1g; Krysanov 1g) – Canada (Sam Gagner 1g; Jordan Staal 1g; James Neal 1g)
Dave Torrie has been named the new GM of the Kamloops Blazers GM as now Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of OHL is starting to look for a new GM.
Slovakia U20, Sweden U20 and Czech Rep U20 all fired their GMs
I have decided to leave Germany U20 and become the GM of the Czech Rep U20 GM. What I like as a GM of Czech Rep is that they are in 5 tournaments a year, Russian U20 tournament (Dec 19-21), Swedish Tournament (Feb 5-8), Finnish U20 tournament (Nov 6-9) and Czech Rep (Sept 4-7) as well as WJC (Dec 26th to January 9th)
We have added Lance Nethery who is a Canadian was named as new Czech Rep U20 Head Coach
We have added Czech Rep assistant coach Rickard Markusson and Karan Gustafsson who is from Sweden has also been assigned as an assistant coach
We have added American coach Sean Meyers as an assistant coach
Matej Chatrnuch was named as the new Slovakia U20 GM
Markus Forsman was named new Sweden U20 GM
We have named Kai Juntunen as our new assistant manager.
Kalle Axelsson who is from Sweden has been added as our goalie coach
All of our management staff and coaching staff get together to form the new Czech Rep U20 squad for the Swedish Four Nations Tournament on February 5th to 8th.
Anders Holmgren was fired by IK Oskarshamn
We have officially named the Czech Rep U20 for the Swedish Four Nations U20 tournament.
Jurgen Pfundner was named as Germany U20 GM