2003 IIHF World Junior Championship

Slovakia 11
Belarus 1
Round Robin
Friday, December 27, 2002
Sydney, NS

Slovakia Romps Over Belarus 11-1 In One-Sided Affair

Slovakia took no prisoners in its first game of the 2003 World Junior Championship in Sydney, Nova Scotia on Friday night. Slovakia came out flying to soar to an 11 – 1 victory over Belarus who is now 0 – 2 in tournament play.

Igor Pohanka opened the scoring for Slovakia 7:51 into the opening period. Ratislav Lipka slid a nice pass into the slot from behind the net for Pohanka to count the first goal of the rampage. The Slovaks added two more markers before the end of the first.

At 14:54 of the first period Team Belarus took goaltender Siarhei Rahouski out of the net and replaced him with Dzmitry Kamovich. The Belarussians seemed to get a spark after this move and scored just two minutes later when Mikhail Grabovski ripped a hard slapshot over Slovakia goaltender Peter Sevela.

With only three shots in the first period and two in the second, Team Belarus could not get anything going. By game’s end, Slovakia had outshot the Belarus team 53 – 10.

Aside from the number of shots that went in, Belarus goalkeeper Kamovich made some spectacular saves throughout the game but there was no hope for Belarus.

Karol Sloboda who had two goals and an assist for the Slovaks, also picked up player of the game honors for his side. When asked about his team’s performance after the game, Sloboda said, "We start skating, start passing, we worked hard for the win."

Milan Jurcina of Slovakia did not play in tonight’s game due to an injury to his right leg. Jurcina who plays with local Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL hopes to be back by the end of the tournament.

Slovakia will be going into tomorrow’s contest against the Russians with much-needed confidence. Belarus will have the day off Saturday and will return to action Sunday, also against Russia. If Belarus has any hope of making it past the preliminary round it must defeat Russia, a daunting task, indeed.

Ryan Joe MacKenzie
Game Night Writer

Box Score












Scoring/Buts :
15.49 3 - 1 PP1 BLR 26. GRABOVSKI, Mikhail (7. DZIANISAU, Uladzimir 9. KARAGA, Vadim)
12.41 3 - 0 PP1 SVK 21. LUKAC, Michal (7. STEHLIK, Richard 22. SLOBODA, Karol)
11.46 2 - 0 EQ SVK 29. KOKAVEC, Michal
07.51 1 - 0 EQ SVK 23. POHANKA, Igor (24. LIPKA, Ratislav 21. LUKAC, Michal)

Penalties/Pénalités :
15.33 2 min SVK 17. MARON, Oliver CROSS
13.13 2 min SVK 27. SLOVAK, Tomas BOARD
10.50 2 min BLR 17. KASHTANAU, Yauheni HOOK
09.52 2 min SVK 28. TROLIGA, Tomas CROSS
02.34 2 min SVK 16. ZAGORA, Tomas HOOK
Scoring/Buts :
31.38 7 - 1 EQ SVK 22. SLOBODA, Karol
30.35 6 - 1 EQ SVK 20. SPIRKO, Rastislav (24. LIPKA, Ratislav 15. VAZAN, Michal)
25.00 5 - 1 EQ SVK 29. KOKAVEC, Michal (17. MARON, Oliver)
23.55 4 - 1 EQ SVK 22. SLOBODA, Karol (7. STEHLIK, Richard 23. POHANKA, Igor)

Penalties/Pénalités :
38.29 2 min SVK 7. STEHLIK, Richard ELBOW
32.12 2 min BLR 28. HLINKIN, Artsiom HI-ST
28.23 2 min BLR 27. YUDZIN, Dzmitry HOLD
27.17 2 min SVK 21. LUKAC, Michal TRIP
21.17 2 min BLR 25. YERASHOU, Aliaksei INTRF
Scoring/Buts :
57.07 11 - 1 PP1 SVK 3. VARGA, Milan (14. KOLOZVARY, Ivan 20. SPIRKO, Rastislav)
51.47 10 - 1 EQ SVK 14. KOLOZVARY, Ivan (20. SPIRKO, Rastislav 15. VAZAN, Michal)
51.25 9 - 1 EQ SVK 15. VAZAN, Michal (14. KOLOZVARY, Ivan 20. SPIRKO, Rastislav)
48.42 8 - 1 EQ SVK 18. VALACH, Stanislav (19. SALIJI, Samir 28. TROLIGA, Tomas)

Penalties/Pénalités :
58.33 2 min SVK 7. STEHLIK, Richard CHARG
55.14 2 min BLR 3. KARSHUNOU, Andrei HI-ST
54.58 2 min BLR 14. VOLKAU, Artsiom HOOK
53.14 2 min BLR 27. YUDZIN, Dzmitry UN-SP
53.14 2 min SVK 16. ZAGORA, Tomas UN-SP
48.59 2 min BLR 7. DZIANISAU, Uladzimir INTRF
45.44 2 min BLR 28. HLINKIN, Artsiom HOOK
44.59 10 min BLR 9. KARAGA, Vadim MISC
42.59 2 min BLR 9. KARAGA, Vadim CHARG

Players of the Game SVK Unavailable
Joueurs du partie BLR Unavailable

Goaltenders SVK CHOVAN, Jan
Gardiens de but BLR 14.24 GK in BLR 22. KAMOVICH, Dzmitry
14.24 GK out BLR 2. RAHOUSKI, Siarhei

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Officials Referee/Arbitre SINDLER, Vladimir
Officiels Linesmen/Juges des lignes CORMIER, Michel KRONBORG, Lars

Attendance/Assistance 2,548

Belarus to Take On Slovakia

After coming off a 4-2 loss to Switzerland in opening day play, Belarus hopes to rebound with a win over Slovakia on Day 2 of the World U20 Championship in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Slovakia, which came out of exhibition play with two losses, hopes to come out of its tournament opener with a win. The country won a bronze medal at the 1999 World Junior Championship but has not seen a medal since. The senior men, though, won gold at the 2002 World Championship in Sweden, and perhaps the emtions from that victory will trickle down to the juniors.

Belarus will be looking for more offence in Friday’s contest, notably from Andrei Kastsitsyn and Vadim Karaga, who both played well in their tournament opener.

Slovakia is hoping to keep the Belarus team off the scoreboard with strong defensive play by Tomas Slovak and Boston Bruins 2001 draft pick, Milan Jurcina, who currently plays for the local Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL.

Slovakia is getting some new help behind the bench from Coach Jozef Fruhauf who is replacing Julius Supler. Belarus, who tied their only exhibition game 2 – 2 with Germany, will be coached by Uladimir Melenchuk.

This could prove to be a big win for either team if one hopes to advance, but a loss to Belarus could end their chances at advancing to the crossover round.

Ryan Joe MacKenzie
Staff Writer

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