2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge

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2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge
Game #9
Final
January 23, 2016 12:00 pm EST
Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre
Bridgewater, N.S.

Game Story

KOREA UPSETS RUSSIA TO CLAIM BRONZE WITH FIRST-EVER WSHC WIN

DAVID BRIEN

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – Min-Su Han paced the offence with a goal and an assist as Korea upset Russia 4-2 in the bronze medal game on Saturday afternoon, earning its first-ever win at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge.

The Koreans were a combined 0-for-14 in their first three appearances before Saturday, including three losses to the Russians, but finally broke through thanks to power-play success and solid goaltending.

Han and Young-Jae Cho converted with the man advantage to give Korea a 2-0 lead through two periods, and 41-year-old Man-Gyun Yu stopped 18 of the 20 shots he faced to record the victory in the Korean goal.

Nikolai Terentev scored both goals for the Russians, who failed to win a medal for the first time in three appearances at the tournament; it won bronze in 2013 before taking silver last year.

Han got the scoring started 6:05 into the first period, snapping a shot from the hashmarks past Russian goaltender Evgenii Plotnikov on the power play, and he set up Cho’s power-play goal from the point just shy of the 11-minute mark of the second.

Cho’s goal meant the end of the afternoon for Plotnikov, who was replaced by Mikhail Ivanov after allowing two goals on nine shots.

Ju-Seung Lee finished off a pretty tic-tac-toe passing play at 5:09 of the third period to make it 3-0, roofing a shot past Ivanov, but Terentev scored his first just 28 seconds later to get Russia back within two, stripping the puck off a Korean defenceman and beating Yu.

Seung-Hwan Jung picked the top corner on a breakaway at 6:50 to give Korea a 4-1 lead, before Terentev capped the scoring with 3:51 left, redirecting a point shot from Dmitriy Lisov on a Russian power play.

The four goals are the most Korea has ever scored in a World Sledge Hockey Challenge game; it entered with just 11 goals total in its first 14 losses.

It’s just the second time the fourth-place team from the preliminary round has won a medal; the Koreans join Norway, who took home third place from the 2009 tournament in Charlottetown, P.E.I..

Previous Games

4 - 1 W @ RussiaRUS
Jan 23, 2016
1 - 4 L vs. KoreaKOR
Jan 23, 2016
0 - 10 L @ CanadaCAN
Jan 21, 2016
1 - 2 L @ United StatesUSA
Jan 21, 2016
1 - 5 L vs. RussiaRUS
Jan 20, 2016
5 - 1 W @ KoreaKOR
Jan 20, 2016
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2016 WSHC: NOR 2 – KOR 1 (Bronze)
Bøgle and Værnes scored and Norway took the bronze medal.
2016 WSHC: USA 5, CAN 2 (Gold)
A five-goal second carried the U.S. to victory in the gold medal game.
2016 WSHC: USA 8 – KOR 1 (Semifinal)
Twelve different players chipped in with points for the U.S.
2016 WSHC: CAN 6 – NOR 0 (Semifinal)
Westlake, Delaney and Sholomicki scored in Canada’s opening win.
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