2020 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships – Division III

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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

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 4-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]

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

Participants[edit]

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 officials[edit]

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

Preliminary round[edit]

Division III Venue
Sofia
Winter Sports Palace
Capacity: 4,600
Winter sports palace.jpg

All times are local (UTC+2).

Group A[edit]

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 B[edit]

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 round[edit]

5–8th Place Bracket[edit]

 
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 semifinals[edit]

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 game[edit]

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 game[edit]

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

Finals Bracket[edit]

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

Semifinals[edit]

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 game[edit]

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

Gold medal game[edit]

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

Final ranking[edit]

Promoted to 2021 IIHF U20 Division II B
Rank Team
1st, gold medalist(s)  Iceland
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Turkey
4  Mexico
5  Bulgaria
6  New Zealand
7  Chinese Taipei
8  South Africa

Statistics[edit]

Top 10 scorers[edit]

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 leaders[edit]

(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

Awards[edit]

Best Players Selected by the Directorate[edit]

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

Source: IIHF

Best Players of Each Team Selected by Coaches[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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.