Team Canada Championship Rings
The IIHF World Inline Hockey Champion, Team Canada have recently received their championship r...

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Rebranded: Roller Hockey Canada
Dauphin, MB — National Inline Hockey Association – Canada, the national governing body for the s...

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GOLDEN!
  TOP DIVISION Gold Medal Game Finland vs. Canada 2-4 (1-1, 0-1, 0-0, 1-2) Highlights Team Canada...

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CANADA GOES FOR GOLD: DAy 4 Update
TOP DIVISION Semi-Finals Canada vs. Sweden 6-2 (1-0, 0-1, 1-1, 4-0) Highlights Canada will challen...

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Team Canada Championship Rings
Rebranded: Roller Hockey Canada
GOLDEN!
CANADA GOES FOR GOLD: DAy 4 Update

Team Canada Championship Rings

The IIHF World Inline Hockey Champion, Team Canada have recently received their championship rings to their individual residences, it was announced today.

Team Canada won their 3rd IIHF World Championship (’98, ’12 ’15) and completed the 2015 event undefeated, defeating the host Team Finland in the Gold Medal game in front of a rocking crowd of 7,000 inline hockey fans. The 2015 championship rings were created by Baron Rings and include a number of custom features to capture the full story of the team’s run to the gold medal including:

·         player name and number

·         the flags of all 6 countries Team Canada played

·         tournament location (Tampere, Finland)

·         2 gold maple leafs representing the 2 gold medals won by Roller Hockey Canada since returning to the world championships in 2008

·         Team record 6-0

·         Roller Hockey Canada logo

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Team Canada will defend their World Champion status in 2017 at the IIHF World Inline Hockey Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Rebranded: Roller Hockey Canada

Dauphin, MB — National Inline Hockey Association – Canada, the national governing body for the sport of inline/roller hockey as recognized by Hockey Canada and the International Ice Hockey Federation , announced today the organization will begin operating under a new trade name and will be known as Roller Hockey Canada  (RHC) effective immediately.

Although the name has been updated, the organization remains the same with Board of Directors and staff unchanged and no interruption to operations.
 

“We are proud to announce this change in our branding.  Our focus with this change was to create clarity for the general public as to what our organization does and who we represent whenever they see our logo or hear our association name," said Scott Hill, RHC President.

“We are very excited about the introduction of our new name. We believe Roller Hockey Canada simplifies our brand and makes it easier for members and non-members alike to quickly understand who we are and what we do.  It allows us to better support roller hockey players throughout our country and we look forward to seeing it on their jerseys, hats and clothing as they represent this great game we all love," added Hill.

Executive Director, Nathan Fleck said, “This rebranding aligns our association with other National Sport Associations and creates consistency in how all NSA’s are recognized by their brands- simple but effective.”

"We have had our existing look since 2007 and are very proud of how that mark has been embraced locally, nationally and internationally.  Our name has been in place since the organization was founded in 2001 by Hockey Alberta and Winnipeg Minor Hockey, and was important in creating stability while the organization grew,"  Fleck continued.  "Our Board of Directors felt that this was a great time to update the name to reflect the trend of National Sport Organizations to simplify their branding to be more recognizable in today's often crowded sporting environment."

About Roller Hockey Canada

Roller Hockey Canada is the governing body for roller/inline hockey in Canada, recognized by Hockey Canada, USA Hockey and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).  Roller Hockey Canada represents over 10,000 players, coaches, officials and volunteers across the country. Roller Hockey Canada is a not-for-profit organization that provides consistent rules and regulations and various other membership services from coast to coast; manages an officials and coaches program; and leads the operation of the men's national team that represents Canada at the IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship.  Roller Hockey Canada’s mission is to “foster and promote the growth and development of roller hockey across Canada.

For more information on Roller Hockey Canada, please visit www.rollerhockeycanada.ca or follow through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact:
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GOLDEN!

 

TOP DIVISION

Gold Medal Game

Finland vs. Canada 2-4 (1-1, 0-1, 0-0, 1-2) Highlights

Team Canada beat Finland 4-2 in a tight game in front of 6,678 spectators in Tampere to win the third inline gold for the country and the second in four years. It crowns a great season for Canada in IIHF competition after having won gold medals in ice hockey at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship and the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

“It feels great. It’s always a dream to win with your boys and we got exactly what we want, to beat the home team in the gold medal game. Today was our night. The crowd was amazing, all the country was there. It was high intensity. It was just a pleasure to be part of,” said Dave Hammond, who scored two goals for Team Canada.

One year ago Finland beat Canada 6-2 to win its first inline hockey gold in 11 years and many players on both sides were back in Tampere to battle for the gold medals after a mostly flawless campaign of both teams in the earlier games of this year’s Inline Hockey World Championship.

“It’s indescribable how it feels to win a World Championship. Coming in we knew they’re world champions, they’re the team to beat and if we want to be world champions we had to beat them. That’s an incredible hockey team we just beat. It was far from easy, they were pressing hard and the fans were fantastic today,” said Canadian goalkeeper Brett Leggat, who had a strong game with 31 saves.

“It was busy. The first period Finland came out just flying. We knew we had to weather the storm because they were going to come out hard because of the close to 7,000 fans here. I tried my best to keep us in the game and weather the storm and we managed to storm back thankfully.”

The Finns played better in the first period and Janne Laakkonen opened the scoring after a drop pass from Marko Virtala after 77 seconds of play.

However, only two-and-a-half minutes later Hammond tied the game at one. Skating towards the crease on the left side the Finns seemed to expect the pass while Hammond shot and scored.

The Finns had more scoring opportunities in the first period but couldn’t convert their 13-5 shot advantage into more goals. Throughout the game Finland outshot Canada 33-29.

Canada became stronger in the second period and didn’t allow the Finns that many scoring chances anymore. Instead Brett Bulmer sent a shot off from the right face-off dot through traffic into the top-left corner to give Canada its first lead of the game at 7:42 of the second period.

The Finns had trouble to find back in a game that was disciplined with the first penalty call after 26 minutes of play and with a strong puck-possession game by the Canadians that at times seemed frustrating for the home team and its crowd. But it served the Canadians’ purpose as the game time was running down while the 2-1 lead for Team Canada stayed.

When Kristian Kuusela had to go to the penalty box for tripping, Hammond with a goal scored from ten metres made the challenge even bigger to the Finns with just 6:12 left in regulation time.

“We played like we wanted to play and Canada played a very good game. I’m not so disappointed about the way we played but the result is not good for us. It wasn’t good enough, Canada was better and that’s it,” Finland head coach Timo Nurmberg said.

Finland took its time-out with 5:11 left. With 4:40 left Jimi Palanto scored the goal the Finns were longing for to cut the Canadian lead with a shot from the left side after a drop pass from Kuusela.

It was short-lived hope though. One-and-a-half minutes later Brendan Baumgartner scored the 4-2 marker for Canada on a counter-attack after a horizontal pass from Adam Ross. It was his first goal of the tournament and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Finns were pushing for the remaining three minutes but didn’t overcome a strong Canadian defence anymore and had to settle for silver this time.

Bronze Medal Game

Sweden vs. Slovakia 5-4 (0-1, 2-1, 2-1, 1-1) Highlights

Sweden won its first medal since taking home silver two years ago in Dresden. Tre Kronor beat Slovakia 5-4 in the bronze medal game.

“We’re of course satisfied. We’re a very young team with many young guys so we are pretty happy with what we have reached here,” said Victor Backman. The 24-year-old, who most recently played ice hockey for Herning in the top Danish league, scored two goals en route to Tre Kronor’s win over a pesky Slovak team.

The Swedes know how to medal at the Inline Hockey Worlds while Slovakia was aiming at its first medal since silver at home in Bratislava in 2008. Like in the last few games the Slovaks were the underdogs with fewer scoring opportunities but they fought hard and were dangerous once they managed to shoot.

It took some time but with 71 seconds left in the first period Tomas Jasko’s shot from the right face-off circle opened the scoring.

It became even better for the Slovaks early in the second period when at 3:00 Juraj Jurik made it 2-0 by capitalizing on his own rebound after a blocked distance shot. But 19 seconds later Backman replied for the Swedes after outskating Adam Simonic on the right side to beat Vladimir Neumann from the right. And at 8:27 Emil Bejmo beat Neumann with a flat shot from the face-off circle to make it 2-2 before the half-time break.

At 6:57 of the third period Backman scored his second goal of the day to give Sweden the lead for the first time and three minutes later Andreas Svensson made it 4-2 on a power-play goal from the right face-off circle.

Again the game went back and forth and 19 seconds after the fourth Swedish goal Jurik had little opposition to skate straight to the crease and beat Ludvig Engsund for the 4-3 goal.

Slovakia still had its chances to tie the game again but with 2:42 left in regulation time Andreas Jensen was right in front of the crease to score on a rebound after a blocked Svensson shot to extend the lead to 5-3.

The Slovaks were unlucky in the dying minutes of the game for which they pulled the goalie. Miroslav Preisinger’s penalty for a high-sticking infraction against Backman didn’t exactly help but with 3.5 seconds left Tomas Jasko at least scored the 5-4 goal but that one came too late to change the outcome of the game. It was the Swedes who were awarded the bronze medals.

Relegation Game for 7th Place

Germany vs. Slovenia 5-4 (1-2, 1-0, 2-1, 1-1) Highlights

Slovenia has to go back to the Division I in inline hockey. Germany won the relegation game against the Slovenes 5-4 and finished the 2015 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship in seventh place.

Horka Sekesi opened the scoring already at 1:54. He got a loose puck right in front of the net after the Slovenes had blocked Soren Sturm from shooting. At 7:37 Jure Sotlar tied it up with an extra attacker on the field during a delayed penalty call and a shot from the left face-off dot. And after a long shot almost from the red line one minute later Rok Jakopic made it 2-1.

On a German attack at 8:30 of the second period Daniel Krzizok scored on a rebound to tie the game at two just after the Slovenes hadn’t capitalized on a power play and a lengthy 5-on-4 during a delayed penalty call. And at 3:20 of the third period Christian Poetzel gave Germany the lead. At 6:38 Poetzel scored again when he capitalized on a rebound during a power play, but Slovenia reacted immediately with a Simon Zerdin goal to cut the German lead to 4-3.

With a shot from centre ice Sturm restored the two-goal lead for Germany at 1:56 of the fourth period in what would eventually become the game-winning goal.

Slovenia tried to react and with 3:21 left in regulation time Sotlar made use of confusion in the German defence to cut the deficit to one goal and enable Slovenia to battle for a tie in the dying minutes of the game. But the 5-4 score stayed until the final buzzer.

DIVISION I

Gold Medal Game

Croatia vs. Australia 5-4 (1-1, 0-1, 3-1, 0-1, 1-0) OT Highlights

Croatia will for the first time play in the top division of the Inline Hockey World Championship after beating Australia 5-4 in the gold medal game of the Division I competition thanks to Igor Jacmenjak’s game winner eight seconds into overtime.

The 35-year-old, who also played in 15 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship events, also contributed two assists to the win in a game that went back and forth.

“It’s not possible to tell you the feelings. It’s a big thing for Croatian inline hockey. We are so young in this sport, we just played five years in this division and next year we will play in the top division,” Jacmenjak said.

“We just came here and thought maybe to play for a bronze medal like last year but during the tournament and when we saw that Argentina beat Latvia we knew that everything was possible here.”

For the fifth year in a row only one place separated these two nations in the final standings just that this time they played for Division I gold and promotion to the top division. For Australia it was the second time in a row they played in the final and again only the silver medals were left for the team from Down Under.

There was neither a clear favourite nor a clearly better team and both had some minutes of lead during the match. Croatia had the first goal of the game when Marko Tadic deflected a vertical pass from Jan Novotny at 1:42. But with 3.6 seconds left in the first period Steve Best sent off a perfect shot to the top-left corner from behind the face-off circle to tie the game.

Croatia missed out on two power plays during the second period but at 8:48 it was Australia who for the first time gained the lead. Jordan Gavin scored after a long pass to the crease from Liam Jeffries. 54 seconds later the Australians were cheering again on an alleged goal, however, the puck went from the left to the right post and bounced back from there without having even touched the goal line, therefore the 2-1 score remained after a short video review.

Croatia came out hot from the half-time break and after 71 seconds Ivan Jankovic tied the game at two for Croatia. However, at 4:20 Sean Jones scored with a precise shot from between the face-off circles to beat Mate Tomljevonic high but 30 seconds later Matija Milicic tied the game at three

With 77 seconds left in the third period Domen Vedlin scored for Croatia after a side pass in front of the crease from Jacmenjak to give the Croats the lead but after 55 seconds of play in the fourth period the Australians reacted with a goal from Adam St Clair after a distance shot from behind the left face-off circle to tie the game again.

Overtime had to decide and the decision came just as the extra period started. After the opening face-off Jacmenjak took the puck, skated to the Australian goal, deked defenceman Antony Collins and then goalie Michael James to score the 5-4 goal after just eight seconds for a bench-clearing celebration and singing of the goal song by the Croatian players before celebrating with the gold medals and the trophy.

Bronze Medal Game

Great Britain vs. Argentina 3-2 (1-0, 1-1, 1-0, 0-1) Highlights

Great Britain missed the return to the top division but as a consolation earned the bronze medals of the Division I competition after beating Argentina 3-2. For the Argentines the fourth-place finish is still the best since the Inline Hockey World Championship has been played with 16 teams in two divisions starting in 2002.

Sam Jones opened the scoring at 3:54 after a long horizontal pass from Karl Niamatali and early in the second period Great Britain made it 2-0 with a similar goal. After a great diagonal pass to the crease from Nathan Finney, Niamatali was alone in front of Argentine goalie Lucas Marcolongo to beat him for the second goal, but 12 seconds later Rodrigo Irisarri brought Argentina on the scoreboard with the 2-1 goal.

Although Argentina became stronger, it was the British who hit the back of the net again after the half-time break. James Archer ended a two-on-one with the 3-1 goal for Great Britain.

But the game was far from over yet. At 1:17 of the fourth period the group of Argentine fans on the tribune went wild when Hernan Insua Shanly scored his team’s second marker on a power play.

Argentina had a power play and played with an extra attacker and the goalie pulled for the last two minutes of the game but the British defence withstood the Argentine storm to earn the bronze medals.

Relegation Game for 5th Place

Latvia vs. Hungary 3-4 (0-2, 1-0, 1-0, 1-2)

After an unbeaten preliminary round campaign, Latvia ends up empty-handed after the surprising quarter-final defeat against Argentina and now a 4-3 loss in the relegation game to Hungary. Hungary thus stays in Division I with a fifth-place finish while Latvia, Austria and Bulgaria will be relegated to the qualification tournaments to battle for a return in 2017.

Imre Pederdi, who also played in nine IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship events, was the hero with two goals including the game winner with 27 seconds left in regulation time.

Although Latvia had twice as many shots in the first period it was the Hungarians who opened the scoring with goals from Peterdi and Vilmos Gallo scored in a span of 25 seconds in the fifth minute of play.

However, the Latvians managed to react. Early in the second period Tomass Zeile brought Latvia on the scoreboard and late in the third period Aleksandrs Kercs tied the game with a penalty shot.

The game went back and forth in the decisive fourth period. At 3:09 Akos Kiss regained the lead for Hungary but with 2:04 left in regulation time and the goalie pulled Aleksandrs Galkins tied it again.

With just 27 seconds to go is was Peterdi who scored his second goal of the day for the 4-3 game winner to secure Hungary a spot in the next Inline Hockey World Championship.

MARTIN MERK

CANADA GOES FOR GOLD: DAy 4 Update

TOP DIVISION

Semi-Finals

Canada vs. Sweden 6-2 (1-0, 0-1, 1-1, 4-0) Highlights

Canada will challenge host Finland in the final after beating Sweden 6-2 in what was a one-goal game for most of the match.

The Canadians gave up an initial lead and had to fight back before scoring four unanswered goals in the last period to seal the win. Dave Hammond was most successful with a hat trick while Josh Foote scored two goals.

“It feels good. We came into the game to play the Finns for the gold. You always want to play the best on their barn,” Hammond said.

It was Foote, who opened the scoring at 7:18 of the opening frame after a diagonal pass to the crease from Hammond.

The game remained tight but mostly scoreless for the rest of the first and second periods and both teams missed out on several power plays.

With 1:36 left in the second period Carl Berglund sent off a shot from behind the face-off circle while two Canadians were blocking his way and found the gap in the Canadian net to tie the game.

69 seconds into the third period the Swedes scored again. Emil Bejmo skated from the left and despite two Canadian skaters and a goalie in between he managed to give Sweden the 2-1 lead with a shot from a sharp angle.

It was a short-lived lead though. 57 seconds later Hammond scored his second marker when he shot the puck from the left face-off dot to tie the game at two.

The fourth period was owned by Canada. At 3:21 Foote skated through on the right side and beat Swedish goalie Brett Leggat through a small corridor between him and the goal line from the right side of the crease. Three minutes later Hammond scored his third goal from a similar position to make it 4-2 with 5:46 left in regulation time. And two-and-a-half minutes later Brett Bulmer made it 5-2 on a breakaway.

With just a small ray of hope left the Swedes pulled their goalie with just over three minutes left in regulation time but it was to no avail. Christopher Santiago shot the puck into the empty net for his first-ever World Championship goal and the final score of 6-2.

“Now we play Finland tomorrow. It will be crowded and with a lot of energy,” Hammond was looking forward to the final game. In a rematch of last year’s final Canada will play Finland at 20:00 local time (1 PM ET).

Finland vs. Slovakia 4-3 (1-0, 1-0, 1-1, 0-2, 0-0, 1-0) SO Highlights

Like in many games at this tournament Finland earned a convincing lead but then the Slovaks fought back from a 3-0 deficit. Kristian Kuusela’s goal in the fifth shootout round and Sasu Hovi’s miraculous block save eventually led Finland to the gold medal game.

“It was a pretty exciting moment after five rounds of shots, now we can celebrate a little bit,” Kuusela said. "But we made the game hard for ourselves. Slovakia defended pretty well.”

Initially it didn’t look like a tight game, rather like business as usual for the Finns’ strong Inline Hockey World Championship campaign. Until 28 minutes of play the lions roared and built a 3-0 cushion, had a 21-6 shot advantage at halfway through the game.

At 4:51 of the opening frame Marko Virtala was left alone on the left side, skated toward the crease to beat Slovak goalie Vladimir Neumann with a high shot from a short distance.

Also the second period ended with one Finnish goal. At 3:59 Jimi Palanto beat Neumann on his glove side with a shot from the face-off dot.

Everything seemed to work well for the Finns who had their captain Jesse Saarinen back after two games. He had left the team to join his wife for the birth of their child before returning in time for the semi-final game.

Suomi remained in control of the game also early after the half-time break. At 3:58 of the third period Markus Jokinen finished a rush on the left side with the 3-0 goal.

Juraj Jurik brought Slovakia eventually on the scoreboard at 8:41 soon after a power play not only to spoil Sasu Hovi’s shutout but to start a comeback the Finnish fans spoiled with clear wins by their team hardly expected.

At 1:43 of the fourth period Peter Novajovsky skated from the right side and sent a shot off the face-off dot to beat Hovi again.

The Slovaks gained hope and were pushing for another goal while the Finns hoped for counter-attacks and were close to the fourth goal on a breakaway. However, five minutes later Tomas Mery sent of a shot from the right face-off circle to tie the game at three.

The remainder of the period ended scoreless as did the overtime period. Also in the shootout tie-breaking rounds had to decide after a 1-1 score after three shots each. In the fifth round Kuusela beat Neumann through his five-hole while Finnish goalie Hovi made a huge block save in the air in Mery’s attempt to seal Finland the win and a place in tomorrow’s gold medal game at 20:00 local time.

“Every team is a hard team at this stage as we saw today, we take whoever comes,” Kuusela said about the final on Saturday night.

Penalty Shootout:
Round 1: SVK #66 Juraj Prokop – 0-1, FIN #15 Sami Markkanen – 1-1.
Round 2: SVK #28 Miroslav Preisinger – save, FIN #7 Jimi Palanto – save.
Round 3: SVK #16 Tomas Jasko – save, FIN #27 Marko Virtala – miss.
Round 4: FIN #15 Sami Markkanen – save, SVK #66 Juraj Prokop – save.
Round 5: FIN #71 Kristian Kuusela – 2-1, SVK #26 Tomas Mery – save.

Placement Games

USA vs. Slovenia 5-2 (2-1, 1-0, 1-0, 1-1) Highlights

After losing to Sweden in the quarter-finals Team USA reacted with a 5-2 win over Slovenia to secure its top-division spot.

Unlike yesterday against Canada, the Slovenes weren’t able to start the game with a firework of goals. Derrick Burnett already opened the scoring for Team USA after 95 seconds of play but at 4:40 Anze Lonear tied it for Slovenia.

Five minutes later Cody Kettler regained the lead for the Americans, who outshot Slovenia 25-15 during the game.

Travis Noe with a power-play goal on a high shot from the face-off circle extended the lead for the Americans to 3-1 at 9:14 of the second period.

After the half-time break the Americans continued to be in control of the game and added two more markers from David Makowski and Tyler Spezia to seal the win. Slovenia’s 5-2 goal from Ales Remar with 16 seconds left in regulation time was too little and too late.

Team USA finishes the 2015 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship in fifth place while Slovenia will battle against relegation tomorrow in the seventh-place game against Germany at 12:00 local time (11:00 CET).

Czech Republic vs. Germany 4-1 (0-0, 1-0, 0-1, 3-0) Highlights

The Czech Republic stays in the top division after beating Germany 4-1. The Czechs dominated and clearly outshot their opponent 49-18.

Still, it needs some patience until the Czechs succeeded in the offensive skill that matters most: scoring. After a scoreless opening period the Czechs succeeded at 8:26 of the second period with Pavel Strycek’s shot from 20 metres.

At 8:54 of the third period Germany managed to tie the game. Max Schmidle skated from the right side all the way to the left side around the Czech crease to score over goalie Ondrej Haloda with a shot from close to the goal line.

In the fourth period the Czechs had their best period and granted the Germans almost no scoring opportunities while Martin Vozdecy, Patrik Sebek and Strycek with his second marker netted three goals for the Czech 4-1 win.

The Czechs will end the tournament in sixth place while the Germans will have to play the relegation game against Slovenia tomorrow at 11:00 local time (10:00 CET).

DIVISION I

Semi-Finals

Croatia vs. Argentina 7-0 (1-0, 2-0, 2-0, 2-0)

Argentina has been the surprise team of the last two game days at the Division I tournament in Tampere but saw its streak come to an end in Croatia’s 7-0 win, the same result like in the group stage.

The Croats remain in good shape and haven’t lost a game since starting with a 5-1 defeat to Hungary.

Mario Novak opened the scoring at 7:17 of a first period in which most action happened in Croatia’s offensive zone. After Agustin Chiaravalloti had missed out on a penalty shot in the second period the Croats extended the lead to 3-0 and added four more markers in the second half of the game.

Novak and Igor Jacmenjak scored a pair of goals each, the other markers came from Domen Vedlin, Ivan Jankovic and Matija Kopajtic.

Croatia will take on Australia in the gold medal game that will be played at the main rink tomorrow at 15:00 local time (14:00 CET, 22:00 AEST).

Great Britain vs. Australia 4-7 (2-0, 2-3, 0-2, 0-2)

Great Britain will not battle for a return to the top division on the last day of competition. Instead Australia will play in the gold medal game for the second year in a row after beating the British 7-4.

It was a tight game with the better start for Great Britain thanks to three unanswered goals from Dan Hutchinson, Sam Jones and Rob Shelton. But unfortunately for the British they have been good at this tournament in not maintaining such margins and it was no different against Australia just that the team from Down Under succeeded in its comeback attempt.

Twenty seconds after the third British marker early in the second period Liam Jeffries replied with the first Australian goal and at 5:13 Brenton Fitzgerald scored on the power play to make it 3-2. Ben Lowe replied for Great Britain but 2:39 before the half-time break Adam St Clair cut the British lead to just one goal.

Australia won the game in the second half of the game with four unanswered goals. Jonathon Bremner tied the game at four at 2:50 of the third period and St Clair’s second goal gave Australia the lead.

The Australians didn’t allow Great Britain to come back and added two more markers from Liam McKay and Sean Jones in the fourth period to seal their place in the Division I final while Great Britain will have to play for the bronze medals.

Placement Games

Latvia vs. Bulgaria 14-0 (2-0, 1-0, 4-0, 7-0)

Like in the preliminary round Latvia had little trouble defeating Bulgaria and blanked the Bulgarians 14-0.

The Bulgarians managed to keep the net clean for over nine minutes when Roberts Lipsbergs opened the goal galore. Aleksandrs Galkins and Aleksandrs Kercs each scored a hat trick, Roberts Lipsbergs and Viesturs Cimermanis each had a pair of goals.

With the win Latvia reached the fifth-place game where they will battle for survival in Division I against Hungary tomorrow at 12:00 local time (11:00 CET). The loser of that game as well as Austria and Bulgaria will be relegated to the European qualification tournament in 2016.

Hungary vs. Austria 7-1 (1-1, 2-0, 0-0, 4-0)

Austria opened the scoring with its only scoring chance of the first period thanks to Andre Niec’s goal but Hungary was too strong and improved its offensive production by the end of the game to beat Austria 7-1.

Six different players scored for Hungary. Vilmos Gallo, who was credited with the game-winning goal, had two goals while Attila Rafaj, Istvan Terbocs, Akos Kiss, Balazs Bartalis and Szilard Sandor each scored one goal.

With this result Austria is relegated from the Division I and will have to play in the European qualification tournament next year. Hungary will play for survival in the fifth-place game against Latvia tomorrow at 12:00 local time (11:00 CET).