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Thursday December 14(Playoffs, round 1)

(7)SBS Trashers vs Mighty Drunks(3)

Third period does Mighty Drunks in against SBS Trashers

On Thursday, a meltdown by the Mighty Drunks in the final frame, turned a one goal lead into a 7-3 loss. This was a contest that the SBS Trashers struggled to get traction, at least in the first two periods. But once P.Hodhod riffled his second to level the score, the SBS Trashers never looked back. The quicker side roared with five unanswered tallies in the span of only eight minutes. F.Gentile bagged the fourth goal that held for the winner and P.Nadeau closed off the game for his second of the night. Despite the loss, the Mighty Drunks knew they had their hands full versus the top seeded Trashers, but managed a good fight anyway. M.Beaudry launched a pair of beauties that R.Pampena wished he had back.

(7)Raging Rhinos vs Chiefs(2)

Chiefs effort not nearly good enough

The Chiefs deserved no credit what so ever in a poor performance versus the Raging Rhinos. Granted, the Rhinos are a deep team and entered the night as favourites, but they didn't really have to work too hard for this result. A 3-0 first period lead turned quickly into a 6-0 lead and the Chiefs season became just a memory. S.Labrecque, G.Vouloumanos each scored twice and S.Pilon was very productive accumulating four points. With so many factors going against the Chiefs, the biggest turning point in the game was when G.Vouloumanos scored shorthanded late in the first period for a three goal cushion. That tally ultimately deflated the Chiefs morale for any sort of comeback.

(5)Ottarks vs Mohicans(4)

J.Mandracchia's two goals help extinguish Mohicans

 Although the Ottarks rely heavily on their overall team game, it's always nice to have that ace in the hole. J.Mandracchia will surely make a difference on most nights as tonight was just another day at the office for the young talent. After setting up the Ottarks' first tally, J.Mandracchia decided to score as well by bagging two out of his clubs five goals. The match went back and forth with the Mohicans grabbing two leads only to find themselves behind when L.Dulcetta snapped a 2-2 tie. They did manage to even the score with an early third period marker in hopes of regaining some momentum. However, that shifted immediately with the Ottarks responding right away when M.DiSalvio and J.Mandracchia tallied only four minutes apart. In the end, the Ottarks held off a solid quick team as they now advance to the final four.

(5)Bramabulls vs Werewolves(2)

Bramabulls jump on Werewolves early

After jumping off to a commanding 3-0 lead, the Bramabulls were able to button things up-from there en route to a 5-2 victory. C.Fragkiudakis set the match in motion with the games first two goals. There is no question that the Werewolves would have liked to re start the game on a better note, especially knowing that they were missing key elements versus a stacked Bramabulls team. Already with a deep line up, the Bramabulls had four particular players doing most of the damage up front. C.Fragkiudakis, D.Verta, G.Pisanelli and M.Maggiore accounted for an impressive eleven points. Goaltending was also a factor as C.Muccino kept a cool composure allowing only two goals on 19 shots.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Mandracchia of the Ottarks. In a 5-4 close game versus the Mohicans, the natural centre man produced three big points that included a pair of goals.

There were no surprises or upsets on Thursday night as the top four seeds won to advance to the semi finals. The match ups are as follows:

(1)SBS Trashers vs Bramabulls(4) And while the seeds may suggest the SBS Trashers to be slight favourites, that notion can be thrown out the window. The Bramabulls match up in every area and possess one key component which is years of experience. The onus is on the SBS Trashers to figure out how to compete with a difficult opponent.

(2)Raging Rhinos vs Ottarks(3) Flip a coin for this series. Both sides are a carbon copy of each other. They both have an established number one line surrounded with a sound supporting cast. It's one of those series that will come to uncontrollable details such as ball luck, timely penalties, shaky goaltending, mistakes etc.......

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Wednesday December 13 (F2 & F3 Semi finals)

(6)Venom vs Bramabulls(7) F2, S.O Game 1

Bramabulls stage furious rally to stun Venom

A.DiPerna and the Bramabulls did something remarkable on Wednesday night as they stormed back in an unbelievable fashion. Judging by the way the game started, Venom were making all the right plays and kept control for nearly the entire match where they led 4-1 with just half a period remaining. With that kind of lead in a playoff game, it made almost no sense that any team would let it slip away. However, Venom folded like a cheap suit and the Bramabulls cranked it up with four markers in a short period of time. Still, the outcome wasn't decided as both sides headed for the shootout to see who would take the series lead. It almost felt like the two teams knew that the Bramabulls would take it in the end simply due to how they ended the game. And after sending three skilled players, M.Maggiore and T.Settino each scored to win the breakaway competition.

(9)Armadillos vs Horsemen(2) F2, Game 1

Armadillos unleash the hounds early

If preaching a good start was the way to go, than the Horseman failed miserably in tonight's case. The Armadillos were already looking ahead after only ten minutes where they sealed the game with a 7-0 lead. G.Vouloumanos recorded a hat trick in only nine minutes and P.Scotti was the other Armadillo to earn a multi goal performance. The only positive that the Horsemen can try to carry into next week's game is the fact that they didn't lose the last two frames. Both sides traded second and third period goals that saw V.Pandza collect a pair of points in the loss.

(8)Fat Cats vs Primetime(6) F3, Game 1

Primetime let it slip away like sand

To think that Primetime had this game in the palm of their hands will only sting as they have to deal with the sorrow for at least a week. Up 5-2 and then 6-3 with only six minutes remaining is usually a staple for the outcome but not in this particular case. The Fat Cats saw the light at the end of the tunnel when they were awarded two power play chances. First, D.Brunetti capitalised with the man advantage and then J.Scalia came through tying the game to send it in a shootout. It's happened on a few occasions that J.Scalia flashes his best form at the right time. Not only did he tie the contest late, but the clutch forward pieced together another huge tally in the shootout to cap off the game. However, it was K.Hrivnak`s shootout marker that stood for the winner as the veteran was solid scoring once while adding an assist. Primetime couldn't have asked for a better game if not counting six minutes. C.Dapoulias was stellar bagging a hat trick while J.Rabchuk riffled a pair. As hard as this loss is for Primetime, they need to keep in mind that they can play with the Fat Cats knowing that they were so close to beating them.

(7)Deadlast vs Hellfish(0) F3,Game 1

Hellfish crushed 7-0 in series opener

The Hellfish have one week to get their game back on track if they plan on extending their season. With goalie B.Makris in net, the Hellfish failed to figure him out despite firing 24 shots. The offense only got rolling as of the second period for Deadlast. They struck three times before continuing their onslaught by the third netting four more tallies. Y.Gazura was the only player to score twice while C.Papadatos took care of the back end providing three assists. Unless the Hellfish get the better start in game two and can avoid visiting the penalty box, then they'll have a chance to even the series, if not, Deadlast will go through and attempt to win another championship.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marco DiLena of the Bramabulls. In what looked like a down and out situation for the Bramabulls, M.DiLena inspired a massive comeback by scoring twice while setting up a goal.

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Monday December 11

(10)Red Lite vs Team Haiti(1)

Red Lite romp to 10-1 win over Team Haiti

So Red Lite made Team Haiti pay-from start to finish on this night. They scored often by keeping the ball away-from their opponent. Five goals went end in prior to the first period and five more went in by the second ending the contest earlier than usual. P.DiGiacomo scored the most for his hat trick while J.Daoust and K.Kuczmarski each struck twice getting the better of a defenceless M.Dorismond. Team Haiti's lone highlight came in the opening frame where P-A Plaisir beat C.Lantin for a rare time. Despite their short roster of barely two lines, Red Lite still overwhelmed Team Haiti.

(3)P-Ball vs Black Knighst(2) S.O

Black Knights rally but lose in shootout

After being plagued with a slow start, the Black Knights overcame a 2-0 deficit only to lose in a shootout. Rather than tying the game late in the first period with a power play opportunity, the Black Knights gave up a goal instead finding themselves in a deeper hole .However, that didn't discourage them-from battling back in which they did striking once late in the second period and late in the final frame. With both sides testing their luck in a shootout, the Black Knights failed on all three attempts to put the ball home. P-O Girouard stood tall winning the battle over his counterpart G.Vermette, who couldn't stop B.Jutras. The P-Ball got goals-from G.Saulnier and B.Jutras while B.Daniele and C.Chirola each tallied for the Black Knights.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Benoit Jutras of P-Ball. The P-Ball forward scored twice in rare circumstances. His first tally came with a man less while his other goal was the lone shootout marker that ultimately decided the outcome.

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Monday December 11 (Round 1, playoffs)

1 Timer put scare but Punishers sigh relief in the end

For the Punishers, this round was one they expected to pass. It's only because that the 1 Timer didn't have their best season and that the Punishers feel that they have all the elements to go all the way. And despite passing the round, it came as a scare. Although the first game wasn't an issue with the Punishers out dueling the 1 Timer with a 7-2 landslide, it was by the second contest where they started to feel the butterflies circulating. The 1 Timer proved that they weren't going down easy and made a series out of it by taking the match in a shootout. P-A Surprenant issued one of his most solid games by not only scoring during the contest but by netting two shootout markers. If momentum means anything, than the 1 Timer had a golden chance to pull off an upset by playing a mere twelve minutes mini game three. Unfortunately they couldn't get that much needed start and the Punishers stormed back with rage bagging three quick goals. J.Chiropoulos set up two teammates, including the winner- from S.Bentivegna and P.Stamkopoulos made sure to keep a clean sheet by denying every shot his way.

(7)Punishers vs 1 Timer(2) Game 1

(4)1 Timer vs Punishers(3) S.O Game 2

(3)Punishers vs 1 Timer(0) Game 3

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Stamkopoulos of the Punishers. In a series that went down to the wire, the goaltender was there when needed the most earning a big game three shutout.

With round one out of the way, four teams will be looking for answers on how to defeat a difficult opponent. The match ups are as follows:

(1)Breeze Panareeze vs Punishers(4) All four meetings between the two sides were decided by one goal or less. Assuming both teams come with their full roster, this round will most likely need every single second to see who will pass.

(2)Nightmares vs Dragons(3) The Dragons have an ace in the hole by the name of B.Daniele. The Nightmares know this and will formulate a game plan to neutralize the Dragons big gun. It will be up to the Dragons supporting cast to up their game if they plan on moving on.

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Sunday December 10 (Round 1, playoffs)

(10)Lynx vs Sportek(0)

Lynx melt Sportek in lopsided affair

The Lynx smelled blood early and feasted to a dominating 6-0 first period lead. Unless there was a power outage or some other type of disaster to delay the game and resume it at a further date, the Sportek knew they were done. They did manage to slow things down but still lost the second period by one goal. A.Singh tallied in every frame to earn a hat trick while J.Mason and his captain J.Lang were right behind him posting two goals each. He definitely didn't have his busiest night but S.Catalano kept his cage clean stopping 14 shots. As nice as this win is for the Lynx, they need to put it quickly behind them and focus on playing a more intense style as the stakes will change in the next round.

(3)Brew Crew vs Team Cuba(2)

Brew Crew use big second period to rally past Team Cuba

Even though Team Cuba did everything right-from grabbing the better start and by playing with a 2-0 lead, it just wasn't good enough in the end. It took a stretch of only six and a half minutes for the Brew Crew to flip the game completely around. Once P.Karigiannis snapped the 2-2 tie, Team Cuba were now the hunted after being the hunters. But there was still more than enough time at that point to settle things down and regroup. Unfortunately, no matter how many few chances and shots they took on net, C.Muccino came to life stoning every player. Team Cuba failed to capitalize on their chances involving some power play time and didn't help their case either with the amount of time spent in the penalty box. Both sides played your prototypal playoff game that had every aspect of hockey involved. In the end, it was the Brew Crew that found a way to win as they now move on to another difficult round.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carmen Muccino of the Brew Crew. Despite the slow start, C.Muccino did more than his part shutting the door for over two periods making one brilliant save after another.

From-seven playoff teams, the E Sunday division is now down to only four to see who will reach the finish line. The next round is a best of three semi finals. The match ups are as follows:

(1)Shockers vs Brew Crew(4) This will be one battle that isn't for the faint of heart. Both teams have their own different style that works for them, but there will be one key component on who may prevail. That component is discipline. The team who decides to put their teammate's first and not themselves will have the advantage.

(2)Fatal Demons vs Lynx(3) Similar to the other series involving the Shockers and the Brew Crew, both these teams want nothing more than to win. It wasn't to long ago that the Fatal Demons handed the Lynx a crushing defeat. If a short memory means anything, then look out for the Lynx to prove themselves against a veteran team. The Fatal Demons will play a trapping style and take away space while the Lynx will look to their speed and highly skilled players to find that room.

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Friday December 8

(3)National vs HBHA Seniors(6)

HBHA Seniors drop National with four first period goals

This one didn't kick off so pleasantly, at least for National who are looking to secure a playoff spot .It took barely the first period for the HBHA Seniors to capture first place of the division. T.Baltzis put things in motion with the Seniors opening two goals and P.Karigiannis set up both P.Koutsogiannopoulos and G.Vouloumanos for a commanding 4-1 lead. Still, with plenty of time to bounce back, National knew that it was unlikely to overcome the deficit against a team like the HBHA Seniors. Unless they kept it close from the beginning, there was almost no chance for a comeback. This was a first of two games for National, who still controlled their own destiny on whether they would get in or not.

(7)Devil Dawgz vs Hawks(6) O.T

Devil Dawgz extend hope but still on life support

It wasn't complicated for the Devil Dawgz entering their double header night. Either they win both games or their season is over and done with. They did have a great opportunity against a very depleted Hawks team. However, that short bench proved to be a burden all game long. This contest needed overtime for the Devil Dawgz to capture two precious points. B.Deslauriers, known for his scoring played a different role setting up four goals instead. K.Aruajo led the charge with three markers while M.Archambault buried a pair that included the sudden death winner.

(2)National vs Bijoux(3)

National can't help playing with fire

What more could have National hoped for? Needing only one single point to assure a post season spot, the opportunity was staring them right in the eye. Unfortunately they couldn't get it done against a team with only six players and a goaltender. But in Bijoux's defence, it's been their theme for most of the season. Even with their depleted line up, J.Beaudry and his few players managed to take second rank only to trail the HBHA Seniors by one point. S.Vitali was vital for the win as the forward scored two out of his clubs three goals. Surely it always helps when your net minder is that stellar. J.Beaudry is as good as it gets stopping 28 of 30 shots. Now that National failed to capture one single point to guarantee a playoff spot, they still had two chances to get in depending what the Devil Dawgz and the Black Sox did in their remaining games.

(6)Devil Dawgz vs Blacksox(5)

Devil Dawgz put it all on the line to get in

With their 6-5 win over the Blacksox, the Devil Dawgz can now breathe a little easy as they secured a playoff spot. It was a remarkable achievement being able to collect at least five out of a possible six points while getting some help in order to move on. This was their second game in only two hours where they twice dominated the third period. After trailing 4-3, the Devil Dawgz used three third period goals to squeeze out the win and sneak in through the back door. J.Constantin was clutch providing his clubs last two goals, and K.Araujo along with B.Deslauriers got their names noticed once more as both players combined for six points. Despite the loss, the Blacksox had one more chance of getting in but needed to defeat the Stones in their double header night. B.Pereira collected a hat trick while T.Vona struck twice in the loss.

(8)Stones vs Blacksox(11)

Desperation kicks in, Blacksox punch ticket to post season

It didn't matter that the Blacksox just finished playing with no break in between games. With their backs to the wall, the Blacksox just played with adrenaline. And what an incredible performance against a team that barley concedes many goals. The Stones pride themselves on sound defensive hockey but tonight they seemed to forget how to live up to their identity by taking an 11-8 thumping. The Blacksox simply out ran, out battled and out played their opponent to punch a ticket into the post season. The win came with the help of every player pulling their weight one way or another. Four of their goals came-from A.Huynh while N.Macrozonaris was right behind him with a hat trick as part of a seven point performance.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Araujo of the Devil Dawgz. In a double header night, the star studded defenseman came through in a big way-from defending well while providing loads of offense helping his team capture two necessary wins.

In what was a wild and eventful Friday night, the smoke and dust finally cleared, and six teams will be advancing. The HBHA Seniors and Bijoux deserved what they got capturing first and second place spots that put them straight through to the semi finals. The first round matches are as follows:

(3)Hawks vs Devil Dawgz(6) Both teams will have their hands full. The Devil Dawgz won the regular season battle posting two overtime wins. But that won't concern the Hawks as they'll make sure to be ready now that the real season begins.

(4)Stones vs Blacksox(3) The Stones can't be too pleased how their season ended versus the Blacksox. If they don't adjust to playing their style, then the Blacksox may just have enough with a quicker and more intense group of guys.

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Season Divisions Fall 2017
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Premier division

Monday December 11

(10)Red Lite vs Team Haiti(1)

Red Lite romp to 10-1 win over Team Haiti

So Red Lite made Team Haiti pay-from start to finish on this night. They scored often by keeping the ball away-from their opponent. Five goals went end in prior to the first period and five more went in by the second ending the contest earlier than usual. P.DiGiacomo scored the most for his hat trick while J.Daoust and K.Kuczmarski each struck twice getting the better of a defenceless M.Dorismond. Team Haiti's lone highlight came in the opening frame where P-A Plaisir beat C.Lantin for a rare time. Despite their short roster of barely two lines, Red Lite still overwhelmed Team Haiti.

(3)P-Ball vs Black Knighst(2) S.O

Black Knights rally but lose in shootout

After being plagued with a slow start, the Black Knights overcame a 2-0 deficit only to lose in a shootout. Rather than tying the game late in the first period with a power play opportunity, the Black Knights gave up a goal instead finding themselves in a deeper hole .However, that didn't discourage them-from battling back in which they did striking once late in the second period and late in the final frame. With both sides testing their luck in a shootout, the Black Knights failed on all three attempts to put the ball home. P-O Girouard stood tall winning the battle over his counterpart G.Vermette, who couldn't stop B.Jutras. The P-Ball got goals-from G.Saulnier and B.Jutras while B.Daniele and C.Chirola each tallied for the Black Knights.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Benoit Jutras of P-Ball. The P-Ball forward scored twice in rare circumstances. His first tally came with a man less while his other goal was the lone shootout marker that ultimately decided the outcome.

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Red Lite A Division Champions

Monday May 15(Finals)

(2)Black Knights vs Red Lite(4) Game 3

Red Lite crowned again as best team in hockey

After only three games in, Red Lite defeated the Black Knights 4-2, to complete a three game sweep and win the Premier division once more. Despite a respectable effort, the Black Knights got deflated in the third period where Red Lite capitalized twice less than a minute apart. J.Provost-Blais snapped the dreaded 2-2 tie for his second with the man advantage, and M.David put the final dagger only moment s later, also for his second that surely provided enough of a lead with eight minutes remaining. Every game was close in this series but the Black knights couldn’t get that timely goal to get any sort of advantage. The saying of good teams always find a way to win surely summed up this series. Red Lite, whether they trail or play with a tie will more often than not find a way to get the job done. Once again, the ball hockey giants proved to everyone how good they really are by winning the Premier division. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations goes out to Carl Ghilarducci and the rest of Red Lite for capturing the A division title.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joel Provost-Blais. The forward scored back to back goals that snapped a third period tie along with providing an assist to finish with a solid three point night.

Note that both Red Lite and the Black Knights will be representing Quebec at this years Nationals. Red Lite will be classified as QB1 and the Black Knights will be QB2.The event will take place from August 7 - 13 at Saint John New Brunswick. 

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2017 Nationals

2017 Men’s A, Women’s A and Master’s National Championships – INVITATIONAL

The 2017 Men’s & Women’s National ‘A’ and Men’s and Women’s Masters National Championships will be hosted by the Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA) and the New Brunswick Ball Hockey Association (NBBHA) in St. John, NB.

The Men’s and Women’s ‘A’ event will take place from August 7-13, 2017.
The Men’s Masters event will take place August 9-13, 2017. 

Please note that the 2017 tournament will be starting early on the 7th for both the Men’s and Women’s A Nationals and early on the 9th for the Men’s Masters. 

 
VENUE
Lord Beaverbrook Rink (536 Main Street Saint John, NB E2K 1A1)
and Harbour Station (99 Station Street, Saint John, NB E2L 4X4)


COACHES AND CAPTAINS MEETING
August 6, 2017 8:00 pm - Hampton Inn

SCHEDULE
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MEN'S A
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Team Slovakia Wins Gold Medal at WC 5vs5 in Pardubice,Cz Republic--

Team Slovakia Wins Gold Medal at WC 5vs5 in Pardubice,Cz Republic-- Three-peat: Slovaks win wild, back-and-forth final.Canada wins silver

Patrik Svitana’s power-play goal with 1:55 left in regulation time broke a 4-4 tie, as the Slovaks won a gold-medal game in which they blew a three-goal lead, then had to come from behind themselves. Michal Hrivnak of Slovakia and Danick Martel of Canada each had two goals and one assist in the game, which Slovakia won 6-4 to “three-peat” as Men’s Ball Hockey World Champions.

 

Svitana’s goal was the first in a tension-filled third period, but the way the game started, it didn’t seem like the third period would be meaningful at all.

Slovakia struck twice before the game was a minute old, and made it 3-0 by the 7:22 mark. Jaroslav Martiniuk got things started just 19 seconds in, charging through the middle and surprising Tim Barlow with a low shot to the blocker side. Then they went right back to the attack and the Canadians couldn’t clear the zone after Lukas Madera fired a shot off the goalpost, with Hrivnak eventually sliding the puck into the net with Barlow down and out. The third goal was on a slapper by Boris Oravec on the power play, and it looked like the game would become a blowout, with the many Slovaks in attendance going crazy.

Just 34 seconds after Oravec’s goal, Remi Laurencelle got the Canadians on the board, beating Petrik five-hole from the left-wing side. Then they went to the power play shortly afterward and it took them just 14 seconds to strike, with Martel firing a blast over tournament MVP Stanislav Petrik’s shoulder.

Barlow and Petrik, who both posted shutouts in their teams’ semi-final wins, had now combined for five goals against in less than nine minutes.

The game settled down for a time after the wild start, but a pair of Slovak penalties late in the second period opened the door for the Canadians to strike twice and take their first lead of the game. On a 5-on-3, Martel’s second of the game tied it, a one-timer set up perfectly by Victor Azevedo. Then 51 seconds later they scored up one man after some nice tic-tac-toe passing finished off by Marcus Power, which thrilled the few Canadian fans in attendance and left the Slovak majority in stunned silence.

They would have something to cheer about before the period was finished, though. With 1:10 left in the middle frame, some pretty passing led to Milan Rampacek firing a ball into the open side, with Barlow having no chance.

Slovakia went hard for the win in the third period, getting several great chances, but after a shaky start, Barlow was now playing great. However, back on their heels, the Canadians took three penalties in a row trying to contain the Slovak push. They had a two-man advantage for a time, and while still up one man, the ball was worked to Svitana at the point, who’s one-time blast went through everybody, and sent the arena into bedlam.

After an empty-net goal from Hrivnak, the Slovak fans, whose emotions had been toyed with all night long, could finally let loose and start celebrating. After the final horn, they serenaded their now three-time ball hockey champions with the chant: “Zlaty hattrick.”

Reactions

Ian Moores (head coach of Canada): I think we had a great tournament. I’ve got a lot of respect for my players, the coaching staff and the Canadian Ball Hockey Association. We represented the country proudly and well. It’s disappointing to come fall short here today, we were tied coming into the third period, it could have gone either way. Overall I think we had a good tournament but going home without the trophy certainly sucks. I think the host committee did an amazing job here. The host city was great, the Czech Republic overall is a great country. They treated us with hospitality.

Jozef Ďuriš (headcoach Slovakia): We came into final with that, we want win it. We had great beginning, we caught Canada in first minutes off-guard, after them, we took the lead 3:0. But whole match was before us. That was confirmed, Canada turned around toi 4:3. But with enourmous will, enthusiasm and patience we turned the game in the end and gain the third title in the row.

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