Game 1: Russia v Turkey (0-1) 1-2

In a surprise start to the EuroHockey Indoor Junior Championships as newly promoted, Turkey scored the opening goal of the Championship, a shot on the turn from EKINCI put them ahead 0-1. Russia settled after a time out in the first half, slowing down the pace of the game and outletting from the back, but the score remained 0-1 in favour of the Turks.

Russia equalised in the second half via SHABOLDIN, a nice advantage from the umpire allowing him to flick home to bring the game to 1-1. Turkey answered immediately with a pc from AYDIN in the 31st minute. Russia went for a power play in the final minutes but failed to change to the scoreline. The game finished 1-2.

Speaking after the game to Mert TAŞKAYA (TUR) he was very happy for the win “I am proud of my team and my country. This afternoon we hope to beat Italy and have 6 points at the end of the day.”

 

 

 

 

Game 2: Poland v Italy 3-1 (2-0)

Poland proved their top ranking billing with a solid performance over Italy. Polish captain Mateusz (aka Matty) NOWAKOWSKI opened the scoring in the 5th minute. SUDOL doubled the score in the 17th minute, and Poland took their 2-0 lead into the break. SUDOL scored again, 3-0 Poland. Italy did score a consolation goal in the 31st minute via MISSAGLIA, but this didn’t change the result.

Mateusz (aka Matty) NOWAKOWSKI was “happy with the 3 points, but this was not the performance that we would have wanted.” Speaking about their upcoming game v Russia he said: “Poland v Russia is always a ‘fight’, we played them 2 years ago and it was a tough game so we are expecting the same this afternoon.”

Game 3: Switzerland v Belarus 3-2 (1-1)

Switzerland opened the score in the 11th minute with a sneaky push under the Belarus GK. Belarus scored shortly after, (17 minutes) to bring the score to 1-1.

In the  2nd half, Belarus started putting pressure on Switzerland, which paid off in the 26th minute with a goal from captain KOCHKIN. (2-2) 

In the 32nd minute, Switzerland had a good chance that went wide but within a minute they got their 3rd goal via captain STOMPS (a direct pc strike) 

The final minutes of the game were filled with drama as Belarus went for the powerplay (kicking back) and almost equalised. The ball did go into the Swiss net but hadn’t touched a Belarussian player so no goal was awarded. 

Game 4: Austria v Croatia 5 – 3 (2 – 1)

A fiesty start to the hosts game v Croatia with plenty of goalmouth action in the first half and a total of 3 goals and the leading team changing 3 times!

Croatia reclaimed the lead via an excellent power play after drawing in the 21st minute then going ahead with 5 outfield players in the 25th minute.  (2-3) Two quick goals in the 30th minute for Austria put them back in the lead 4-3 and then the Austrian’s took control of the game and the cries of ‘defence’ echoed around the hall from the Austrian Senior Men’s team (and current European and World Champions) who were there to support the young bucks! Croatia threw everything at the Austrians but a few cracks in the defence saw Austrian captain UNTERKIRCHER get on the score sheet just on the hooter and ensuring the win and top the pool at the end of the first session.

Game 5: Italy v Turkey 3 – 2 (1 – 0)

A very even game played with much passion started the afternoon session here in Vienna. Italy opened the scoring in the 18th minute and the score remained in favour of the Italian’s in the first half. (1-0)

An electric second half saw Italy double their lead, but then a spell of Turkish possession and pressing converted into 2 goals and the game went into the final minutes 2-2. A converted corner in the 37th minute was enough to split the teams as MINETTO struck home for a 3-2 win for Italy.

Game 6: Russia v Poland (2-3)

As expected Russia and Poland played out a very tight game to close Pool B’s games on the opening day. A very even first 10 minutes in which Russia took the lead, but as Poland settled into the game they dominated, pressing and countered to get back on level terms. Russia went ahead again in the 11th minute, but 2 quick goals from Poland saw them end the half 2-3.

Russia equalised with a minute to go, direct flick from a pc from Russian captain ARUSIIA. On full-time Russia earned a corner, but it went high and wide, the game ending a draw and puts Poland on top of Pool B with 4 points, but still all to play for in their final game v Turkey.

No team is sure of a semi-final place in Pool B as yet:

Pool B

Day 1 after 6 games played – January 11
Points awarded for Wins: 3, Draws: 1, Losses: 0
Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Poland 2 1 1 0 6 4 2 4
2 Turkey 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 3
3 Italy 2 1 0 1 4 5 -1 3
4 Russia 2 0 1 1 4 5 -1 1

Game 7:  Croatia v Belarus

In the penultimate game of Day 1 here in Vienna Croatia and Belarus faced off in Pool A. A very even first half with both teams having good chances. TSALUIKA rounded the keeper to put Croatia ahead in the 7th minute. POSAVEC  drew Croatia level with a clinical finish from a PC in the 11th minute. He doubled his PC tally in the 17th minute. Belarus captain KOCHKIN levelled the game just at the half. Half time score 2-2.

Belarus doubled their lead in the first 10 minutes of the second half, goals from KOCHKIN and TSALUIKA, leaving the score 2-4 going into the last 10. Croatia claimed one back to give them a fighting chance, but Belarus upped their attack and two quick goals and two hattricks from KOCHKIN and TSALUIKA changed the game 3-6 and Croatia with a mountain to climb! With 5 1/2 minutes on the clock, Croatia went for a powerplay, pulling their keeper. The gamble didn’t pay off as captain KOCHKIN, clearly in the scoring mood, scored his 4th and Belarus’ 7th in the 37th minute.

Speaking to Vlad Kochkin after the game he said: “Yes I scored 5 goals but it was all about the team.” About their final game v Austria he said: “Well we know that we have to win this game to top the pool, get into the semi-final and then, who knows?!”

Game 8: Switzerland v Austria 2 – 7 (0 – 4)

A dominant first half from hosts Austria saw them go ahead 4-0 in the first half of the game. WELLEN and UNTERKIRCHER getting 2 each in the first half.

In the second half, Swiss came back immediately after the start via SCHWEHR but after that, it was all Austria as WELLAN and UNTERKIRCHER added another to each have a hattrick! KÖLBL added a 7th and STOMPS got a consolation goal for Switzerland, the game ended 2-7 and a top place in the pool overnight.

Pool A

Day 1 after 8 games played – January 11
Points awarded for Wins: 3, Draws: 1, Losses: 0
Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Austria 2 2 0 0 12 5 7 6
2 Belarus 2 1 0 1 10 6 4 3
3 Switzerland 2 1 0 1 5 9 -4 3
4 Croatia 2 0 0 2 6 13 -7 0

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