2017 IIHF World Championship Division III

The 2017 IIHF World Championship Division III was an international ice hockey tournament run by the International Ice Hockey Federation. It was contested in Sofia, Bulgaria from 10 to 16 April 2017.[1] Seven teams participated in the tournament, divided into two groups. Bosnia and Herzegovina was originally scheduled to participate, but withdrew before the tournament began; all their games were recorded as 5–0 forfeits for the opposing team.[2] Luxembourg won the tournament, defeating Bulgaria 10–4 in the final, and played in Division IIB in 2018.[3] Chinese Taipei debuted in Division III and, apart from defeating Bosnia and Herzegovina in a forfeit, recorded their first official win, beating the UAE 4–0 in the 5th place playoff.[4]

2017 IIHF World Championship
Division III
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Tournament details
Host country Bulgaria
Dates10–16 April
Teams7
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Tournament statistics
Matches played15
Goals scored161 (10.73 per match)
Attendance4,800 (320 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Georgia (country) Artem Kozyulin
(25 points)
WebsiteIIHF.com
2016
2018

VenuesEdit

Division III
Sofia
Winter Sports Palace
Capacity: 4,600
 

The Bulgarian bid was the only contender for the 2017 IIHF World Championship Division III competition.[1] It will mark the first time that this competition has been held in Bulgaria. In September 2016 the format of the division was realigned into one tournament with two preliminary divisions.

ParticipantsEdit

Team Qualification
  Bulgaria Host, placed 6th in Division II B last year and were relegated.
  South Africa Placed 2nd in Division III last year.
  Luxembourg Placed 3rd in Division III last year.
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Placed 4th in Division III last year. (withdrew from tournament)
  Hong Kong Placed 5th in Division III last year.
  Georgia Placed 6th in Division III last year.
  United Arab Emirates Withdrew from tournament last year. Last played in 2015.
  Chinese Taipei First time participating in tournament.

Match officialsEdit

5 referees and 9 linesmen were selected for the tournament.[5]

Preliminary roundEdit

All times are local (UTC+3).

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Bulgaria (H) 3 3 0 0 0 18 3 +15 9 Semifinals
2   Hong Kong 3 2 0 0 1 13 12 +1 6
3   Chinese Taipei 3 1 0 0 2 7 8 −1 3
4   Bosnia and Herzegovina[a] 3 0 0 0 3 0 15 −15 0 Withdrawn
Source: IIHF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ Bosnia withdrew before the tournament and all games were forfeited and counted as a 5–0 win for the opposing team.[2]
10 April 2017
20:00
Bulgaria  3–0
(0–0, 2–0, 1–0)
  Chinese TaipeiWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 950
11 April 2017
20:00
Hong Kong  3–10
(2–4, 1–2, 0–4)
  BulgariaWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 800
13 April 2017
16:30
Chinese Taipei  2–5
(0–3, 1–1, 1–1)
  Hong KongWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 50

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Luxembourg 3 3 0 0 0 26 5 +21 9 Semifinals
2   Georgia 3 2 0 0 1 29 11 +18 6
3   South Africa 3 1 0 0 2 14 9 +5 3
4   United Arab Emirates 3 0 0 0 3 0 44 −44 0
Source: IIHF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
10 April 2017
13:00
Luxembourg  17–0
(4–0, 6–0, 7–0)
  United Arab EmiratesWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 50
10 April 2017
16:30
South Africa  5–6
(1–1, 1–2, 3–3)
  GeorgiaWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 100
11 April 2017
13:00
Luxembourg  6–4
(1–1, 3–1, 2–2)
  GeorgiaWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 50
11 April 2017
16:30
United Arab Emirates  0–8
(0–1, 0–4, 0–3)
  South AfricaWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 50
13 April 2017
13:00
Georgia  19–0
(9–0, 2–0, 8–0)
  United Arab EmiratesWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 300
13 April 2017
20:00
South Africa  1–3
(0–1, 0–0, 1–2)
  LuxembourgWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 250

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
15 April
 
 
  Luxembourg8
 
16 April
 
  Hong Kong1
 
  Luxembourg10
 
15 April
 
  Bulgaria4
 
  Bulgaria9
 
 
  Georgia3
 
Third place
 
 
16 April
 
 
  Hong Kong3
 
 
  Georgia14
5th place bracket
 
5th–7th place semifinalsFifth place
 
      
 
 
 
 
16 April
 
 
  South Africa7
 
15 April
 
  Chinese Taipei3
 
  Chinese Taipei4
 
 
  United Arab Emirates0
 

5th–7th place semifinalEdit

15 April 2017
13:00
Chinese Taipei  4–0
(3–0, 0–0, 1–0)
  United Arab EmiratesWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 50

SemifinalsEdit

15 April 2017
16:30
Luxembourg  8–1
(3–0, 2–1, 3–0)
  Hong KongWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 250
15 April 2017
20:00
Bulgaria  9–3
(4–0, 2–1, 3–2)
  GeorgiaWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 750

Fifth place gameEdit

16 April 2017
12:30
South Africa  7–3
(3–2, 3–0, 1–1)
  Chinese TaipeiWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 150

Third place gameEdit

16 April 2017
16:00
Hong Kong  3–14
(1–6, 1–3, 1–5)
  GeorgiaWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 50

FinalEdit

16 April 2017
19:30
Luxembourg  10–4
(3–3, 4–1, 3–0)
  BulgariaWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 950

Final rankingEdit

Promoted to 2018 IIHF Division II B
Relegation to 2018 IIHF Division III Qualification
Rank Team
1   Luxembourg (P)
2   Bulgaria (H)
3   Georgia
4   Hong Kong
5   South Africa
6   Chinese Taipei
7   United Arab Emirates (R)

(H) Host; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Source: IIHF.com

Awards and statisticsEdit

AwardsEdit

Source: IIHF.com

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
  Artem Kozyulin 5 13 12 25 +13 6 F
  Ivan Shvetsov 5 11 9 20 +9 2 F
  Artem Kurbatov 5 6 14 20 +16 8 D
  Robert Beran 5 6 13 19 +14 8 F
  Colm Cannon 5 11 6 17 +14 6 F
  Vitali Dumbadze 5 6 9 15 +13 26 F
  Grigory Filimonov 5 3 9 12 +6 8 F
  Alexei Yotov 4 3 8 11 +5 0 F
  Benny Welter 5 6 3 9 +15 0 F
  Stanislav Muhachev 4 3 6 9 +4 2 F

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalties in Minutes; POS = Position
Source: IIHF.com

Goaltending leadersEdit

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.

Player TOI GA GAA SA Sv% SO
  Philippe Lepage 240:00 9 2.25 107 91.59 1
  Liao Yu-cheng 169:59 9 3.18 103 91.26 1
  Andrei Ilienko 287:28 21 4.38 169 87.57 1
  King Ho 168:16 23 8.20 150 84.67 0
  Ahmed Al-Dhaheri 120:00 12 6.00 73 83.56 0

TOI = Time on Ice (minutes:seconds); SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts
Source: IIHF.com

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2017 Events". IIHF.com. 23 May 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-06-05. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  2. ^ a b "Bosnia withdraws". IIHF.com. 7 April 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  3. ^ Tchechankov, Ivan (2017-04-17). "First gold for Luxembourg". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  4. ^ 2017 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Division III
  5. ^ IIHF (2017). "Competition Officials" (PDF). IIHF.com. Retrieved 2017-04-16.