2018 IIHF World Championship Division III

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2018 IIHF World Championship
Division III
2018 IIHF World Championship Division III.png
Tournament details
Host countries South Africa
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dates16–22 April
25–28 February
Teams10
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
2017
2019

The 2018 IIHF World Championship Division III was an international ice hockey tournament run by the International Ice Hockey Federation. It was held in Cape Town, South Africa[1] and the qualification tournament in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina after the original hosts, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, withdrew their application.[2]

Georgia won the tournament and were promoted to Division II.[3]

Kuwait and Turkmenistan made their debut in the World Championships, with both playing in the qualification tournament. Turkmenistan won their first ever game in the World Championships, defeating the United Arab Emirates and later went on to win the qualification and be promoted to next year's Division III.[4]

Division III[edit]

2018 IIHF World Championship Division III
Tournament details
Host country South Africa
Dates16–22 April
Teams6
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Tournament statistics
Matches played15
Goals scored117 (7.8 per match)
Attendance2,225 (148 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Georgia (country) Alexander Zhuzhunashvili
(19 points)
WebsiteIIHF.com

Participants[edit]

Team Qualification
 Turkey Placed 6th in Division II B last year and were relegated.
 Bulgaria Placed 2nd in Division III last year.
 Georgia Placed 3rd in Division III last year.
 Hong Kong Placed 4th in Division III last year.
 South Africa Host, placed 5th in Division III last year.
 Chinese Taipei Placed 6th in Division III last year.

Match officials[edit]

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

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1  Georgia (P) 5 4 0 0 1 35 12 +23 12 Promoted to 2019 Division II B
2  Bulgaria 5 3 1 0 1 28 10 +18 11
3  Turkey 5 3 0 1 1 22 14 +8 10
4  Chinese Taipei 5 2 0 0 3 16 25 −9 6[a]
5  South Africa (H) 5 2 0 0 3 13 18 −5 6[a]
6  Hong Kong (R) 5 0 0 0 5 3 38 −35 0 Relegation to 2019 Division III qualification
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; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Chinese Taipei 5–2 South Africa

Results[edit]

All times are local (UTC+2).

16 April 2018
13:00
Georgia 6–2
(4–1, 1–0, 1–1)
 TurkeyThe Ice Station, Cape Town
Attendance: 35
16 April 2018
16:15
Chinese Taipei 5–1
(0–1, 2–0, 3–0)
 Hong KongThe Ice Station, Cape Town
Attendance: 80
16 April 2018
20:00
Bulgaria 4–0
(1–0, 2–0, 1–0)
 South AfricaThe Ice Station, Cape Town
Attendance: 200
17 April 2018
13:00
Turkey 6–1
(1–1, 2–0, 3–0)
 Hong KongThe Ice Station, Cape Town
Attendance: 20
17 April 2018
16:15
Bulgaria 3–5
(2–1, 0–3, 1–1)
 GeorgiaThe Ice Station, Cape Town
Attendance: 60
17 April 2018
20:00
South Africa 2–5
(0–1, 1–2, 1–2)
 Chinese TaipeiThe Ice Station, Cape Town
Attendance: 180
19 April 2018
13:00
Bulgaria 7–2
(1–1, 4–0, 2–1)
 Chinese TaipeiThe Ice Station, Cape Town
Attendance: 30
19 April 2018
16:15
Georgia 11–1
(5–1, 3–0, 3–0)
 Hong KongThe Ice Station, Cape Town
Attendance: 40
19 April 2018
20:00
Turkey 7–1
(1–0, 4–1, 2–0)
 South AfricaThe Ice Station, Cape Town
Attendance: 250
20 April 2018
13:00
Hong Kong 0–10
(0–3, 0–3, 0–4)
 BulgariaThe Ice Station, Cape Town
Attendance: 20
20 April 2018
16:15
Chinese Taipei 2–4
(1–0, 1–1, 0–3)
 TurkeyThe Ice Station, Cape Town
Attendance: 30
20 April 2018
20:00
South Africa 4–2
(2–1, 0–1, 2–0)
 GeorgiaThe Ice Station, Cape Town
Attendance: 700
22 April 2018
13:00
Georgia 11–2
(5–1, 3–0, 3–1)
 Chinese TaipeiThe Ice Station, Cape Town
Attendance: 100
22 April 2018
16:15
Turkey 3–4 OT
(2–2, 1–0, 0–1)
OT: (0–1)
 BulgariaThe Ice Station, Cape Town
Attendance: 80
22 April 2018
20:00
Hong Kong 0–6
(0–0, 0–4, 0–2)
 South AfricaThe Ice Station, Cape Town
Attendance: 400

Awards and statistics[edit]

Awards[edit]

Source: IIHF.com

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
Georgia (country) Aleksandr Zhuzhunashvili 5 10 9 19 +15 2 F
Georgia (country) Oliver Obolgogiani 5 8 6 14 +16 6 F
Georgia (country) Alexander Vasilchenko 5 5 7 12 +7 8 F
Bulgaria Ivan Hodulov 5 5 3 8 +2 4 F
Chinese Taipei Shen Yen-chin 5 5 3 8 –3 0 F
Bulgaria Martin Boyadjiev 5 4 4 8 +8 2 F
Bulgaria Daniel Dilkov 5 4 4 8 +7 0 F
Turkey Ferhat Bakal 5 3 5 8 +3 2 F
Georgia (country) Artem Kozyulin 5 2 6 8 +9 25 F
Georgia (country) Artem Kurbatov 5 2 6 8 +16 10 D

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

Goaltending leaders[edit]

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
Turkey Muhammed Karagül 242:52 13 3.21 161 91.93 0
South Africa Charl Pretorius 204:11 9 2.64 111 91.89 1
Georgia (country) Andrei Ilienko 283:39 10 2.12 115 91.30 0
Bulgaria Dimitar Dimitrov 242:28 10 2.47 107 90.65 1
Chinese Taipei Liao Yu-cheng 265:54 18 4.06 137 86.86 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 tournament[edit]

2018 IIHF World Championship Division III qualification tournament
Tournament details
Host country Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dates25–28 February
Teams4
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Tournament statistics
Matches played6
Goals scored68 (11.33 per match)
Attendance3,020 (503 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Turkmenistan Ahmet Gurbanov
(12 points)
WebsiteIIHF.com

Participants[edit]

Team Qualification
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Host, withdrew from tournament last year. Last played in 2016.
 United Arab Emirates Placed 7th in Division III last year and were relegated.
 Kuwait First time participating in tournament.
 Turkmenistan First time participating in tournament.

Match officials[edit]

3 referees and 4 linesmen were selected for the tournament.[6]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Turkmenistan (P) 3 3 0 0 0 41 5 +36 9 Promoted to 2019 Division III
2  Bosnia and Herzegovina (H) 3 2 0 0 1 17 15 +2 6
3  United Arab Emirates 3 1 0 0 2 5 12 −7 3
4  Kuwait 3 0 0 0 3 5 36 −31 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.
(H) Host; (P) Promoted.

Results[edit]

All times are local (UTC+1).

25 February 2018
16:00
Turkmenistan 4–0
(0–0, 1–0, 3–0)
 United Arab EmiratesZetra Olympic Hall, Sarajevo
Attendance: 100
25 February 2018
20:00
Kuwait 1–8
(0–2, 0–3, 1–3)
 Bosnia and HerzegovinaZetra Olympic Hall, Sarajevo
Attendance: 1,100
26 February 2018
16:00
Kuwait 2–24
(0–8, 0–7, 2–9)
 TurkmenistanZetra Olympic Hall, Sarajevo
Attendance: 110
26 February 2018
20:00
United Arab Emirates 1–6
(0–1, 1–2, 0–3)
 Bosnia and HerzegovinaZetra Olympic Hall, Sarajevo
Attendance: 600
28 February 2018
09:00
United Arab Emirates 4–2
(1–1, 1–0, 2–1)
 KuwaitZetra Olympic Hall, Sarajevo
Attendance: 110
28 February 2018
20:30
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3–13
(3–1, 0–5, 0–7)
 TurkmenistanZetra Olympic Hall, Sarajevo
Attendance: 1,000

Awards and statistics[edit]

Awards[edit]

Source: IIHF.com

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
Turkmenistan Ahmet Gurbanov 3 6 6 12 +10 9 F
Turkmenistan Pavel Barkovskiy 3 3 8 11 +9 2 F
Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirza Omer 3 5 5 10 +7 20 F
Turkmenistan Aleksandr Vahovskiy 3 4 6 10 +10 0 F
Turkmenistan Dovlet Soyunov 3 6 3 9 +10 2 F
Turkmenistan Arslan Geldimyradov 3 5 4 9 +9 2 F
Turkmenistan Amangeldi Aganiyazov 3 2 7 9 +10 4 D
Bosnia and Herzegovina Dino Čordalija 3 5 1 6 +6 6 F
Turkmenistan Ishan Veleyev 3 5 1 6 +6 0 F
Turkmenistan Dmitriy Savin 3 2 3 5 +8 4 D

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

Goaltending leaders[edit]

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
Turkmenistan Keremli Charyyev 140:00 3 1.29 29 89.66 1
United Arab Emirates Khaled Al-Suwaidi 180:00 12 4.00 107 88.79 0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Edis Pribišić 169:19 12 4.25 97 87.63 0
Kuwait Jasem Al-Sarraf 154:43 25 9.70 98 74.49 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "27 tournaments assigned". iihf.com. 19 May 2017.
  2. ^ "IIHF tournament in Bosnia". iihf.com. 3 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Georgia's joy". iihf.com. 24 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Galloping to glory". iihf.com. 1 March 2018.
  5. ^ Division III Assignments
  6. ^ Division III qualification assignments