Slovenia advanced to the quarterfinals and will face Sweden after defeating Austria 4-0.
Sport: Men’s ice hockey
Score: Austria 0 Slovenia 4
Slovenia got off to a great start against Austria, Kopitar nearly taking the lead within the opening minute only to be denied by the post. It looked like Slovenia could be ruing their early miss as Austria came back into the game. On 05:26 though, Kopitar scored during a Slovenian powerplay after some excellent puck movement saw him left all on his own. His shot was nearly saved as it sneaked through the goaltenders legs and creeped over the line.
Ticar then came close to doubling Slovenia’s lead. The end of an Austrian powerplay saw Slovenia breakaway, Ticar having the shot from medium range only for it to strike the post. Another Austrian powerplay made most think Slovenia would be under pressure for a lot of the game, but a breakaway saw them make it 2-0. Urbas came in from the right side and placed a high shot past the keeper. The period ended with Slovenia looking like scoring again, Austria holding out.
Slovenia soon made it 3-0. After a breakaway from Slovenia looked to have been dealt with, the puck fell to Kovacevic who hit a massive first time effort past the Austrian keeper Lange. Austria just could not get going, Kristan made a few decent saves but never looked like conceding. Austria ended the period with a man short. Both sides having 10 shots each.
The Slovenian’s looked the more likely to score in the third period, Lange was called into action and made some close range efforts. On the contrary, Austria could only muster up long range shots from one on three situations against Slovenia. They had a decent chance through Lebler, dispossessing Slovenia near the half way line for a two on one scenario. Kristan saved well with his glove. He then made another great save when the Slovenian defence was split open. Vanek attempted to hook it around Kristan but he saved with his right leg.
Slovenia confirmed the victory on 17:02. Austria opted for six man outfield, and Mursak received the puck, skated down the rink and slotted into an empty net. It proved to be the final goal as Slovenia advanced to the quarterfinals.
Germany claimed 7th after defeating Japan by three goals to two. Gotz put Germany 1-0 before Kubo equalised as the first period ended even. Goals from Zorn and Seiler in the second period put Germany 3-1 ahead, as Japan got a consolation goal in the third through Yoneyama.