The European U17 Championships in Malta have been coming to an end. The games for the lower ranks were on today’s schedule
Russia finished in 9th place, after a narrow 8:7 win over Germany. The game was very exciting. Just a second before the end, the Russians scored a winning goal.
Romania edged out Georgia in the 9th-place match (10:9). Malta finished in 13th, Ukraine in 14th, Turkey in 15th, and Belarus in 16th place.
Germany – Russia 7:8 (0:3, 1:0, 2:3,4:2)
Germany: Mancini 2, Rehm 2, Wiegmann 1, Jaeschke 1, Dyck 1.
Russia: Emtsev 3, Alekseev 2, Golubkov 1, Shirfin 1, Ziuzin 1.
Russia opened the game well and earned a 3:0 lead. The Germans scored the only goal in the second quarter, but Russia regained a 3-goal lead (6:3 at the end of the third). Three and a half minutes before the end, the Russians were three goals ahead (7:4) and few could predict that the game would have an extremely thrilling finish. The Germans started coming back, they scored four goals in a row (all four came with an extra man). Just three seconds before the end, Germany equalized for the first time in the match – 7:7. But, Russia avoided a penalty shootout. After Germany’s 7th goal, the Russians called a time out and prepared a quick action. Igor Emtsev beat the buzzer and found the net a second before the end to give Russia an 8:7 victory.
Georgia – Romania 9:10 (4:2, 1:5, 2:1, 2:2)
Georgia: Akhvlediani 4, Theshelashvili 3, Vasadze 1, Kirikidi 1.
Romania: Tepelus 3, Sachetti 2, Popovici 1, Orsos 1, Teodorescu 1, Neamtu 1.
After a few big twists and turns, Romania secured a win in the dying minutes of the game. Georgia started better and had a 4:2 and 5:3 lead. Still, the Romanians replied with five straight goals and jumped to an 8:5 lead by the middle of the third period. Then came the Georgians, who netted four unanswered goals and went in front (9:8) with 03:20 minutes left on the clock. Shortly after, Romania equalized, and Teodorescu scored a winner 66 seconds before the final buzzer.
Ukraine – Malta 4:12 (2:2, 0:2, 1:4, 1:4)
Ukraine: Motyl 2, Klunnyi 1, Sokolov 1.
Malta: Cutajar 4, Mifsud 2, Fenech 2, Caruana 1, Cachia 1, Borg 1, Gialanze 1.
Host Malta finished the tournament with a win. The home team was very motivated for this game and after a balanced first period, demolished Ukraine.
Belarus – Turkey 12:19 (4:5, 1:8, 4:3, 3:3)
Belarus: Hirdziuk 5, Streltsov 2, Paniakou 2, Averka 1, Bulak 1, Kurytski 1.
Turkey: Kuloglu 4, Caner 4, Ercikdi 4, Sayli 3, Alpman 2, Cetin 1, Caferli 1.
The encounter between Belarus and Turkey was an even contest until 4:4. In the finish of the first period, Turkey took control and built a 13:5 advantage by halftime, which proved enough for a win.
For 7th place: Netherlands – Italy (15:00)
For 5th place: Croatia – Montenegro (16:30)
For 3rd place: Hungary – Spain (18:00)
Final: Serbia – Greece (19:30)