2015 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship Division I

The 2015 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship Division I was an international inline hockey tournament run by the International Ice Hockey Federation. The Division I tournament ran alongside the 2015 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship and took place between 5 and 11 July 2015 in Tampere, Finland. The tournament was won by Croatia who upon winning gained promotion to the 2017 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship. While Austria and Bulgaria were relegated to the European Qualification after losing their placement round games along with Latvia who lost the relegation game against Hungary.

2015 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship Division I
2015 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship logo.svg
Tournament details
Host country Finland
Dates6–11 July 2015
Teams8
Venue(s)(in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Croatia (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Australia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Great Britain
Fourth place Argentina
Tournament statistics
Matches played23
Goals scored241 (10.48 per match)
Attendance3,440 (150 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Croatia Ivan Jankovic
2014
2017

QualificationEdit

Seven teams attempted to qualify for the two remaining spots in the 2015 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship Division I tournament. The other six nations automatically qualified after their results from the 2014 Championship and the 2014 Division I tournaments. Two qualification tournaments were held with a place awarded to the winner of each tournament. The European Qualification tournament was contested between Bulgaria, Israel, Macedonia and Serbia, with Bulgaria winning promotion and returning to Division I after being relegated in 2013.[1][2] The Rest of the World Qualification tournament was contested between Argentina, Chile and Hong Kong, with Argentina winning promotion after also being relegated in 2013.[2][3]

European QualificationEdit

The European Qualification tournament was held at the Winter Sports Palace in Sofia, Bulgaria from 4 July to 6 July 2014.[1] Bulgaria gained promotion to Division I after winning their three games and finishing first in the standings. Israel finished in second place and Serbia in third.[1]

Qualified for Division I
Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
  Bulgaria 3 2 1 0 0 18 7 +11 8
  Israel 3 2 0 0 1 25 22 +3 6
  Serbia 3 1 0 1 1 27 18 +9 4
  North Macedonia 3 0 0 0 3 13 36 –23 0

All times are local.

4 July 2014
17:00
Israel  10 – 8
(1–1, 4–1, 0–5, 5–1)
  SerbiaWinter Sports Palace
4 July 2014Bulgaria  6 – 3
(2–0, 1–0, 1–1, 2–2)
  North MacedoniaWinter Sports Palace
5 July 2014Israel  14 – 6
(5–3, 2–1, 1–2, 6–0)
  North MacedoniaWinter Sports Palace
5 July 2014Serbia  3 – 4 (OT)
(2–0, 0–0, 1–2, 0–1, 0–1)
  BulgariaWinter Sports Palace
6 July 2014North Macedonia  4 – 16
(2–4, 1–3, 0–4, 1–5)
  SerbiaWinter Sports Palace
6 July 2014Bulgaria  8 – 1
(0–0, 1–0, 3–0, 4–1)
  IsraelWinter Sports Palace

Rest of the World QualificationEdit

The Rest of the World Qualification tournament was held at the Peru Beach Hockey Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 19 November to 21 November 2014.[3] Argentina gained promotion to Division I after winning both of their games and finishing first in the standings.[3] Hong Kong finished in second place after winning their game against Chile.[3]

Qualified for Division I
Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
  Argentina 2 2 0 0 0 12 2 +10 6
  Hong Kong 2 1 0 0 1 11 7 +4 3
  Chile 2 0 0 0 2 2 16 –14 0

All times are local.

19 November 2014
21:00
Chile  2 – 9
(1–2, 1–4, 0–3, 0–0)
  Hong KongPeru Beach Hockey Arena
20 November 2014
21:00
Hong Kong  2 – 5
(0–3, 2–0, 0–1, 0–1)
  ArgentinaPeru Beach Hockey Arena
21 November 2014
21:00
Argentina  7 – 0
(2–0, 2–0, 1–0, 2–0)
  ChilePeru Beach Hockey Arena

Seeding and groupsEdit

The seeding in the preliminary round was based on the final standings at the 2014 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship and 2014 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship Division I.[6] Division I's groups are named Group C and Group D while the 2015 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship use Group A and Group B, as both tournaments are held in Tampere, Finland.[6] The teams were grouped accordingly by seeding at the previous year's tournament (in parenthesis is the corresponding seeding):

Preliminary roundEdit

Eight participating teams were placed in the following two groups. After playing a round-robin, every team advanced to the Playoff round.

All times are local (UTC+3).

Group CEdit

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
  Latvia 3 3 0 0 0 36 6 +30 9
  Great Britain 3 2 0 0 1 26 11 +15 6
  Austria 3 1 0 0 2 12 17 –5 3
  Bulgaria 3 0 0 0 3 2 42 –40 0
5 July 2015
13:00
Latvia  12 – 0
(3–0, 1–0, 3–0, 5–0)
  AustriaHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 90
5 July 2015
17:00
Bulgaria  1 – 16
(1–0, 0–7, 0–5, 0–4)
  Great BritainHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 127
6 July 2015
13:00
Latvia  18 – 1
(5–0, 6–0, 5–0, 2–1)
  BulgariaHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 124
6 July 2015
17:00
Great Britain  5 – 4
(0–1, 2–3, 2–0, 1–0)
  AustriaHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 252
7 July 2015
13:00
Austria  8 – 0
(1–0, 2–0, 3–0, 2–0)
  BulgariaHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 138
7 July 2015
17:00
Great Britain  5 – 6
(2–4, 1–1, 1–1, 1–0)
  LatviaHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 106

Group DEdit

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
  Croatia 3 2 0 0 1 17 9 +8 6
  Australia 3 2 0 0 1 17 14 +3 6
  Hungary 3 1 0 1 1 10 12 –2 4
  Argentina 3 0 1 0 2 7 16 –9 2
5 July 2015
15:00
Croatia  1 – 5
(1–0, 0–2, 0–2, 0–1)
  HungaryHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 38
5 July 2015
19:00
Argentina  3 – 6
(1–2, 0–1, 1–1, 1–2)
  AustraliaHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 300
6 July 2015
15:00
Croatia  7 – 0
(0–0, 1–0, 4–0, 2–0)
  ArgentinaHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 179
6 July 2015
19:00
Australia  7 – 2
(0–0, 3–1, 0–0, 4–1)
  HungaryHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 183
7 July 2015
15:00
Hungary  3 – 4 (OT)
(2–0, 1–1, 0–1, 0–1, 0–1)
  ArgentinaHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 130
7 July 2015
19:00
Australia  4 – 9
(0–2, 1–3, 1–1, 2–3)
  CroatiaHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 223

Playoff roundEdit

All eight teams advanced into the playoff round and were seeded into the quarterfinals according to their result in the preliminary round. The winning quarter finalists advanced through to the semifinals, while the losing teams moved through to the placement round. Austria and Bulgaria were relegated to the European Qualification after losing their placement round games and finished the tournament in seventh and eighth respectively. After winning their placement round games Latvia and Hungary competed in the relegation game with Latvia being relegated to the European Qualification after losing 3-4. The number of teams relegated to the Qualification tournaments was increased from two to three due to a change in format by the IIHF. The change means that three qualification tournaments will be held in the even years, starting in 2016, and the World Championships will be held in the odd years, starting in 2017. The qualification tournaments have been restructured into three regions to lower travel costs with the regions now being Africa / South America, Asia / Oceania, and Europe / North America.[7] In the semifinals Australia defeated Great Britain and Croatia beat Argentina, both advancing to the gold medal game. After losing the semifinals Great Britain and Argentina played off for the bronze medal with Great Britain winning 3-2. Croatia defeated Australia 5-4 in overtime in the gold medal game and earned promotion to the 2017 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship.[7][8]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals
                           
  D2   Australia 6  
C3   Austria 3  
  QF1   Australia 7  
  QF2   Great Britain 4  
C2   Great Britain 7 Final
  D3   Hungary 5  
    SF1   Australia 4
  SF2   Croatia 5
  D1   Croatia 23  
C4   Bulgaria 0  
  QF3   Croatia 7 Bronze medal game
  QF4   Argentina 0  
C1   Latvia 4 SF1   Great Britain 3
  D4   Argentina 5   SF2   Argentina 2

All times are local (UTC+3).

QuarterfinalsEdit

9 July 2015
13:00
Australia  6 – 3
(2–0, 0–2, 2–1, 2–0)
  AustriaHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 103
9 July 2015
15:00
Great Britain  7 – 5
(0–0, 3–1, 2–0, 2–4)
  HungaryHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 119
9 July 2015
17:00
Croatia  23 – 0
(6–0, 4–0, 7–0, 6–0)
  BulgariaHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 82
9 July 2015
19:00
Latvia  4 – 5
(0–1, 1–0, 1–4, 2–0)
  ArgentinaHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 215

Placement roundEdit

10 July 2015
13:00
Hungary  7 – 1
(1–1,2–0,0–0,4–0)
  AustriaHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 68
10 July 2015
15:00
Latvia  14 – 0
(2–0,1–0,4–0,7–0)
  BulgariaHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 127

SemifinalsEdit

10 July 2015
17:00
Great Britain  4 – 7
(2–0, 2–3, 0–2, 0–2)
  AustraliaHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 101
10 July 2015
19:00
Croatia  7 – 0
(1–0, 2–0, 2–0, 2–0)
  ArgentinaHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 154

Relegation gameEdit

11 July 2015
12:00
Latvia  3 – 4
(0–2, 1–0, 1–0, 1–2)
  HungaryHakametsa Rink 2
Attendance: 73

Bronze medal gameEdit

11 July 2015
13:00
Great Britain  3 – 2
(1–0, 1–1, 1–0, 0–1)
  ArgentinaHakametsa Arena
Attendance: 191

Gold medal gameEdit

11 July 2015
15:00
Croatia  5 – 4 (OT)
(1–1, 0–1, 3–1, 0–1, 1–0)
  AustraliaHakametsa Arena
Attendance: 317

Ranking and statisticsEdit

 

Tournament AwardsEdit

Final standingsEdit

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:[10]

Rk. Team
    Croatia
    Australia
    Great Britain
4.   Argentina
5.   Hungary
6.   Latvia
7.   Austria
8.   Bulgaria

Scoring leadersEdit

List shows the top skaters sorted by points, then goals. If the list exceeds 10 skaters because of a tie in points, all of the tied skaters are shown.[11]

Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM POS
  Ivan Jankovic 6 12 13 25 +21 1.5 F
  Igor Jacmenjak 6 5 16 21 +17 9.0 F
  Roberts Lipsbergs 6 7 11 18 +10 6.0 D
  Aleksandrs Galkins 6 6 12 18 +19 1.5 D
  Domen Vedlin 6 5 12 17 +16 1.5 D
  Miks Lipsbergs 6 7 9 16 +10 3.0 F
  Nathan Finney 6 3 11 14 +10 1.5 D
  Aleksandrs Kercs 6 9 4 13 +13 1.5 F
  Sam Jones 6 6 7 13 +10 7.5 F
  Rudolfs Maslovskis 6 6 7 13 +15 0.0 D
  Rustams Begovs 6 2 11 13 +13 3.0 F

Leading goaltendersEdit

Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played at least 40% of their team's minutes are included in this list.[12]

Player MIP SOG GA GAA SVS% SO
  Tamas Kiss 143:28 76 7 1.76 90.79 0
  Mate Tomljenovic 192:08 76 8 1.50 89.47 2
  Kristaps Kruze 201:52 70 9 1.61 87.14 2
  Patrick Machreich 204:16 159 23 4.05 85.53 0
  Lucas Marcolongo 259:42 164 27 3.74 83.54 0

ReferencesEdit

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