2020 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships – Division III

The 2020 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship Division III consists of two groups of four teams each: the top 2 teams from each division played in the semifinals in a four-team bracket for a chance to play for promotion to Division II B, while the bottom 2 teams in each group played in placement rounds for 5th to 8th place. The Division III tournament was played in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 13 – 19 January 2020.[1] Iceland won the tournament.[2]

2020 IIHF U20 World Championship
Division III
2020 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships – Division III.png
Tournament details
Host country Bulgaria
Dates13–19 January 2020
Teams8
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Iceland
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Australia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Turkey
Tournament statistics
Matches played20
Goals scored134 (6.7 per match)
Attendance5,276 (264 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Iceland Axel Orongan
(16 points)
2019
2021

To be eligible as a junior player in these tournaments, a player cannot be born earlier than 2000.

ParticipantsEdit

Team Qualification
  Mexico placed 6th in Division II B last year and were relegated
  Australia placed 2nd in Division III last year
  Turkey placed 3rd in Division III last year
  Bulgaria placed 4th in Division III last year
  Iceland placed 5th in Division III last year
  Chinese Taipei placed 6th in Division III last year
  South Africa placed 7th in Division III last year
  New Zealand placed 8th in Division III last year

Match officialsEdit

Six referees and 10 linesmen were selected for the tournament.[3]

Preliminary roundEdit

Division III Venue
Sofia
Winter Sports Palace
Capacity: 4,600

All times are local (UTC+2).

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Iceland 3 3 0 0 0 19 6 +13 9 Semifinals
2   Mexico 3 2 0 0 1 12 7 +5 6
3   Bulgaria (H) 3 1 0 0 2 8 11 −3 3 5–8th place semifinals
4   New Zealand 3 0 0 0 3 3 18 −15 0
Source: IIHF
(H) Host.
13 January 2020
17:00
Mexico  5–0
(1–0, 2–0, 2–0)
  New ZealandWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 115
13 January 2020
20:30
Bulgaria  3–4
(1–1, 0–2, 2–1)
  IcelandWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 760

14 January 2020
17:00
Iceland  5–2
(1–0, 3–2, 1–0)
  MexicoWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 110
14 January 2020
20:30
Bulgaria  3–2
(0–0, 2–1, 1–1)
  New ZealandWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 850

16 January 2020
13:30
New Zealand  1–10
(1–4, 0–2, 0–4)
  IcelandWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 65
16 January 2020
20:30
Mexico  5–2
(1–0, 3–0, 1–2)
  BulgariaWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 920

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Australia 3 3 0 0 0 14 3 +11 9 Semifinals
2   Turkey 3 2 0 0 1 11 4 +7 6
3   South Africa 3 1 0 0 2 7 15 −8 3 5–8th place semifinals
4   Chinese Taipei 3 0 0 0 3 3 13 −10 0
Source: IIHF
13 January 2020
10:00
Turkey  3–0
(2–0, 1–0, 0–0)
  Chinese TaipeiWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 120
13 January 2020
13:30
Australia  6–1
(0–1, 5–0, 1–0)
  South AfricaWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 125

14 January 2020
10:00
Turkey  6–1
(2–0, 1–0, 3–1)
  South AfricaWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 95
14 January 2020
13:30
Chinese Taipei  0–5
(0–0, 0–4, 0–1)
  AustraliaWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 85

16 January 2020
10:00
South Africa  5–3
(0–0, 2–2, 3–1)
  Chinese TaipeiWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 60
16 January 2020
17:00
Australia  3–2
(0–1, 3–0, 0–1)
  TurkeyWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 105

Playoff roundEdit

5–8th Place BracketEdit

 
5–8th place semifinalsFifth place
 
      
 
18 January
 
 
  Bulgaria8
 
19 January
 
  Chinese Taipei1
 
  Bulgaria6
 
18 January
 
  New Zealand1
 
  South Africa1
 
 
  New Zealand2
 
Seventh place
 
 
19 January
 
 
  South Africa4
 
 
  Chinese Taipei (OT)5

5–8th place semifinalsEdit

18 January 2020
10:00
Bulgaria  8–1
(2–1, 1–0, 5–0)
  Chinese TaipeiWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 450

18 January 2020
13:30
South Africa  1–2
(1–1, 0–0, 0–1)
  New ZealandWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 75

Seventh place gameEdit

19 January 2020
10:00
South Africa  4–5 OT
(0–1, 2–1, 2–2)
(OT: 0–1)
  Chinese TaipeiWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 55

Fifth place gameEdit

19 January 2020
13:30
Bulgaria  6–1
(2–0, 2–1, 2–0)
  New ZealandWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 510

Finals BracketEdit

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
18 January
 
 
  Iceland5
 
19 January
 
  Turkey2
 
  Iceland4
 
18 January
 
  Australia1
 
  Australia8
 
 
  Mexico3
 
Third place
 
 
19 January
 
 
  Turkey4
 
 
  Mexico2

SemifinalsEdit

18 January 2020
17:00
Australia  8–3
(3–2,3–0, 2–1)
  MexicoWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 81

18 January 2020
20:30
Iceland  5–2
(1–1, 4–0, 0–0)
  TurkeyWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 95

Bronze medal gameEdit

19 January 2020
17:00
Turkey  4–2
(1–1, 1–1, 2–0)
  MexicoWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 250

Gold medal gameEdit

19 January 2020
20:30
Iceland  4–1
1–0, 2–0, 1–1
  AustraliaWinter Sports Palace, Sofia
Attendance: 350

Final rankingEdit

Promoted to 2021 IIHF U20 Division II B
Rank Team
    Iceland
    Australia
    Turkey
4   Mexico
5   Bulgaria
6   New Zealand
7   Chinese Taipei
8   South Africa

StatisticsEdit

Top 10 scorersEdit

Pos Player Country GP G A Pts +/– PIM
1 Axel Orongan   Iceland 5 8 8 16 +13 2
2 Gonzalo Hagerman   Mexico 5 6 5 11 +3 32
3 Benjamin Dunn   Mexico 5 3 7 10 0 20
4 Firat Afsin   Turkey 5 4 5 9 +7 2
5 İsmet Gökçen   Turkey 5 3 6 9 +8 0
6 Miroslav Vasilev   Bulgaria 5 6 2 8 +4 26
7 Mehmet Turan   Turkey 5 3 5 8 +6 8
8 Heidar Kristveigarson   Iceland 5 4 3 7 +10 0
8 Xander Wardlaw   Australia 5 4 3 7 +5 2
10 Sölvi Atlason   Iceland 5 4 2 6 +10 0
10 Kenshin Hayashi   Australia 5 4 2 6 +4 2

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalties In Minutes
Source: IIHF

Goaltending leadersEdit

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

Pos Player Country TOI GA Sv% GAA SO
1 Seb Woodlands   Australia 274:55 9 90.32 1.96 1
2 Jóhann Ragnarsson   Iceland 280:00 9 89.02 1.93 0
3 Ivan Stoyov   Bulgaria 226:48 12 88.12 3.17 0
4 Marcello de Antunano   Mexico 234:06 10 87.50 2.56 1
5 Finley Forbes   New Zealand 238:57 15 87.18 3.77 0

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

AwardsEdit

Best Players Selected by the DirectorateEdit

Award Name
Best Goalkeeper   Seb Woodlands
Best Defenceman   Gonzalo Hagerman
Best Forward   Axel Orongan

Source: IIHF

Best Players of Each Team Selected by CoachesEdit

Country Name
  Australia Michael Riley
  Bulgaria Moussa Abdi
  Iceland Axel Orongan
  Mexico Gonzalo Hagerman
  New Zealand Finley Forbes
  South Africa Ryan Boyd
  Chinese Taipei Mi Huan-yu
  Turkey Haktan Kabay

Source: IIHF

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IIHF Ice hockey U20 World Championship Div III – Competition schedule" (PDF). IIHF. 26 September 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  2. ^ Tchechankov, Ivan (20 January 2020). "Iceland triumphs in U20 Division III". IIHF.com. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Competition Officials". IIHF. January 6, 2020. Retrieved January 6, 2020.