2019 IIHF World Championship Division III

The 2019 IIHF World Championship Division III was an international ice hockey tournament run by the International Ice Hockey Federation.

2019 IIHF World Championship
Division III
Tournament details
Host countries Bulgaria
 United Arab Emirates
Dates22–28 April
31 March–6 April
Teams12
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
2018
2020 (cancelled) →

The Group A tournament was held in Sofia, Bulgaria from 22 to 28 April and the qualification tournament in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 31 March to 6 April 2019.[1] Both Kyrgyzstan and Thailand made their debut in the World Championships, with each winning their first game (Kyrgyzstan won all five of its games, but the first four were changed to forfeits due to an ineligible player).

Bulgaria earned promotion to Division II, while the United Arab Emirates won the qualification tournament and were promoted. South Africa finished last and were demoted to the qualification tournament.[2][3]

Division IIIEdit

2019 IIHF World Championship Division III
 
Tournament details
Host country  Bulgaria
Dates22–28 April
Teams6
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Tournament statistics
Matches played15
Goals scored137 (9.13 per match)
Attendance6,650 (443 per match)
Scoring leader(s)  Miroslav Vasilev
(16 points)
WebsiteWebsite

ParticipantsEdit

Team Qualification
  Luxembourg Placed 6th in Division II B and were relegated.
  Bulgaria Host, placed 2nd in Division III last year.
  Turkey Placed 3rd in Division III last year.
  Chinese Taipei Placed 4th in Division III last year.
  South Africa Placed 5th in Division III last year.
  Turkmenistan Placed 1st in Division III qualification last year.

Match officialsEdit

4 referees and 7 linesmen were selected for the tournament.[4]

Referees Linesmen
  •   Feng Lei
  •   Stefan Hogarth
  •   Vladimir Babic
  •   Ryan Cairns

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1   Bulgaria (H, P) 5 5 0 0 0 39 7 +32 15 Promotion to 2020 Division II B
2   Turkey 5 3 0 0 2 21 17 +4 9
3   Turkmenistan 5 2 0 1 2 21 21 0 7
4   Luxembourg 5 2 0 0 3 15 20 −5 6
5   Chinese Taipei 5 1 1 0 3 23 35 −12 5
6   South Africa (R) 5 1 0 0 4 18 37 −19 3 Relegation to 2020 Division III B
Source: IIHF
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; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

ResultsEdit

All times are local (UTC+3).

22 April 2019
13:00
Turkey  2–3
(0–1, 1–0, 1–2)
  LuxembourgWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 120
22 April 2019
16:30
Turkmenistan  4–5 OT
(0–0, 0–3, 4–1)
(OT: 0–1)
  Chinese TaipeiWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 130
22 April 2019
20:00
Bulgaria  12–2
(7–1, 1–1, 4–0)
  South AfricaWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 850

23 April 2019
13:00
South Africa  2–7
(0–2, 1–3, 1–2)
  TurkmenistanWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 136
23 April 2019
16:30
Luxembourg  4–5
(0–0, 3–2, 1–3)
  Chinese TaipeiWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 180
23 April 2019
20:00
Bulgaria  3–1
(0–0, 3–0, 0–1)
  TurkeyWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 1,200

25 April 2019
13:00
Luxembourg  5–2
(1–1, 3–0, 1–1)
  South AfricaWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 108
25 April 2019
16:30
Turkey  7–4
(0–2, 3–2, 4–0)
  Chinese TaipeiWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 128
25 April 2019
20:00
Bulgaria  6–2
(2–0, 2–2, 2–0)
  TurkmenistanWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 1,200

26 April 2019
13:00
South Africa  3–6
(2–1, 1–2, 0–3)
  TurkeyWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 120
26 April 2019
16:30
Turkmenistan  4–3
(0–2, 3–1, 1–0)
  LuxembourgWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 195
26 April 2019
20:00
Chinese Taipei  2–11
(1–1, 1–6, 0–4)
  BulgariaWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 953

28 April 2019
13:00
Turkey  5–4
(0–1, 2–1, 3–2)
  TurkmenistanWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 90
28 April 2019
16:30
Chinese Taipei  7–9
(1–2, 2–4, 4–3)
  South AfricaWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 105
28 April 2019
20:00
Luxembourg  0–7
(0–4, 0–1, 0–2)
  BulgariaWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 1,135

Awards and statisticsEdit

AwardsEdit

Source: IIHF.com

Scoring leadersEdit

List shows the top skaters sorted by points, then goals.

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
  Miroslav Vasilev 5 10 6 16 +10 22 F
  Weng To 5 7 8 15 +3 2 F
  Ivan Hodulov 5 10 4 14 +10 18 F
  Lin Hung-ju 5 5 7 12 −2 12 F
  Martin Boyadjiev 5 2 7 9 +8 6 D
  Shen Yen-lin 5 2 7 9 +1 0 D
  Stanislav Muhachev 5 5 3 8 +10 0 F
  Alexei Yotov 5 3 5 8 +7 0 F
  Begench Dovletmyradov 5 4 3 7 +2 2 F
  Colm Cannon 5 3 4 7 +2 4 F
  Uthman Samaai 5 3 4 7 +1 6 F
  Aleksandr Vahovskiy 5 3 4 7 0 6 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
  Dimitar Dimitrov 300:00 7 1.40 138 94.93 1
  Marcus Anselm 292:18 19 3.90 160 88.12 0
  Keremli Charyyev 266:32 18 4.05 147 87.76 0
  Tolga Bozacı 272:26 14 3.08 114 87.72 0
  Hou Ta-yu 224:52 22 5.87 134 83.58 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

Division III qualification tournamentEdit

2019 IIHF World Championship Division III qualification tournament
 
Tournament details
Host country  United Arab Emirates
Dates31 March–6 April
Teams6
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Tournament statistics
Matches played15
Goals scored170 (11.33 per match)
Attendance1,585 (106 per match)
Scoring leader(s)  Artur Zainutdinov
(18 points)
WebsiteWebsite

ParticipantsEdit

Team Qualification
  Hong Kong Placed 6th in Division III last year and were relegated.
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Placed 2nd in Division III qualification last year.
  United Arab Emirates Host, placed 3rd in Division III qualification last year.
  Kuwait Placed 4th in Division III qualification last year.
  Thailand First time participating in tournament.
  Kyrgyzstan First time participating in tournament.

Match officialsEdit

4 referees and 7 linesmen were selected for the tournament.[5]

Referees Linesmen
  •   Kent Unwin
  •   Liu Jiaqi
  •   Dean Smith
  •   Toh Sung-taek

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1   United Arab Emirates (H, P) 5 4 0 0 1 46 14 +32 12[a] Promotion to 2020 Division III
2   Hong Kong 5 4 0 0 1 31 18 +13 12[a]
3   Thailand 5 2 1 0 2 26 19 +7 8
4   Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 2 0 1 2 21 22 −1 7
5   Kuwait 5 1 0 0 4 9 43 −34 3[b] Later assigned to 2020 Division IV
6   Kyrgyzstan 5 1 0 0 4 7 24 −17 3[b]
Source: IIHF
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; (P) Promoted.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b United Arab Emirates 11–1 Hong Kong
  2. ^ a b Kyrgyzstan 0–5 (forfeit) Kuwait

ResultsEdit

All times are local (UTC+4).

  • Kyrgyzstan played its first four games, all wins, with Russian born player Aleksandr Titov in their lineup. Before their final game, also a win, when it was found that Titov was not yet eligible to play for Kyrgyzstan, he was disqualified from the tournament and Kyrgyzstan forfeited their first four games.
31 March 2019
12:00
Bosnia and Herzegovina  4–5 GWS
(4–1, 0–1, 0–2)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 0–1)
  ThailandAbu Dhabi Ice Rink, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 47
31 March 2019
16:00
Kyrgyzstan  0–5 (14–0 forfeit)
(9–0, 2–0, 3–0)
  KuwaitAbu Dhabi Ice Rink, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 52
31 March 2019
20:00
United Arab Emirates  11–1
(5–0, 6–0, 0–1)
  Hong KongAbu Dhabi Ice Rink, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 168

1 April 2019
12:00
Hong Kong  12–2
(4–1, 2–0, 6–1)
  KuwaitAbu Dhabi Ice Rink, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 68
1 April 2019
16:00
Thailand  5–0 (2–6 forfeit)
(0–4, 0–0, 2–2)
  KyrgyzstanAbu Dhabi Ice Rink, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 82
1 April 2019
20:00
Bosnia and Herzegovina  3–10
(0–3, 1–6, 2–2)
  United Arab EmiratesAbu Dhabi Ice Rink, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 74

3 April 2019
12:00
Bosnia and Herzegovina  5–0 (3–14 forfeit)
(0–4, 2–7, 1–3)
  KyrgyzstanAbu Dhabi Ice Rink, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 66
3 April 2019
16:00
Hong Kong  6–5
(0–3, 3–2, 3–0)
  ThailandAbu Dhabi Ice Rink, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 56
3 April 2019
20:00
United Arab Emirates  13–1
(5–0, 8–0, 0–1)
  KuwaitAbu Dhabi Ice Rink, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 98

4 April 2019
12:00
Kyrgyzstan  0–5 (8–3 forfeit)
(3–0, 1–3, 4–0)
  Hong KongAbu Dhabi Ice Rink, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 44
4 April 2019
16:00
Kuwait  0–9
(0–2, 0–3, 0–4)
  Bosnia and HerzegovinaAbu Dhabi Ice Rink, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 52
4 April 2019
20:00
Thailand  2–8
(1–4, 1–3, 0–1)
  United Arab EmiratesAbu Dhabi Ice Rink, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 123

6 April 2019
12:00
Kuwait  1–9
(0–0, 1–4, 0–5)
  ThailandAbu Dhabi Ice Rink, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 47
6 April 2019
16:00
Hong Kong  7–0
(3–0, 1–0, 3–0)
  Bosnia and HerzegovinaAbu Dhabi Ice Rink, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 39
6 April 2019
20:00
United Arab Emirates  4–7
(2–3, 1–0, 1–4)
  KyrgyzstanAbu Dhabi Ice Rink, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 580

StatisticsEdit

All statistics from Kyrgyzstan's first four games were not counted by the IIHF, including their opponents scoring and goaltending details.

Scoring leadersEdit

List shows the top skaters sorted by points, then goals.

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
  Artur Zainutdinov 5 13 5 18 +13 4 F
  Juma Al-Dhaheri 5 6 8 14 +18 2 F
  Khalifa Al-Mahrooqi 5 6 4 12 +16 10 F
  Hideki Nagayama 4 3 7 10 +5 2 D
  Mirza Omer 4 2 8 10 +6 8 F
  Tang Shin Ming Jasper 4 3 6 9 +5 4 F
  Mohamed Al-Kaabi 5 6 2 8 +4 38 F
  Artyom Karkotsky 5 4 4 8 +2 16 F
  Wong Ka-ho 4 3 5 8 –2 2 D
  Kan Siu-him 4 4 3 7 +3 2 F

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

  • Kyrgyz players Vladimir Nosov (23 points), Vladimir Tonkikh (16), Mikhail Chuvalov (16), Islambek Abdyraev (10) and Maksim Egorov (10) do not appear in this list because their statistics from their first four games were deemed invalid.[6]

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
  Khaled Al-Suwaidi 240:00 13 3.25 92 85.87 0
  Amel Ćapin 201:45 20 5.95 126 84.13 0
  Keung Emerson 140:00 10 4.29 54 81.48 1
  Cheung Ching-ho 100:00 8 4.80 43 81.40 0
  Pattarapol Ungkulpattanasuk 184:36 18 5.85 96 81.25 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. ^ "Kazakhstan, Japan get top events". new-iihf.com. 18 May 2018. Archived from the original on 18 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Bulgaria storms to another gold". iihf.com. 28 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Emirates win on home ice". iihf.com. 6 April 2018.
  4. ^ Assignments
  5. ^ Qualification assignments
  6. ^ KGZ stats from four forfeited games

External linksEdit