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    IIHF World Championships DIV III 2018

    Starts in South Africa today.

    http://www.iihf.com/competition/642/

    Think hosts RSA stand a good chance of winning. Can make a case for BUL, TUR and GEO as well.

    TPE and HKG likely to battle for last two places.

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    Last edited by GeoffH; 16-04-2018 at 13:00.

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    Georgia beat Turkey in the first game of the tournament. As I noted elsewhere, Georgia is using a lot of Russians (they scored three of the six Georgian goals). Now an argument can be had that they just happened to sign up some of the ethnic Russians living here in Georgia, but they are less than 1% of the total population here (roughly 26,000 people). Really hope that they are properly eligible, would hate for this team to get kicked out like Armenia did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaiser_matias View Post
    Georgia beat Turkey in the first game of the tournament. As I noted elsewhere, Georgia is using a lot of Russians (they scored three of the six Georgian goals). Now an argument can be had that they just happened to sign up some of the ethnic Russians living here in Georgia, but they are less than 1% of the total population here (roughly 26,000 people). Really hope that they are properly eligible, would hate for this team to get kicked out like Armenia did.
    Everybody on the roster played in the Georgian Championship in 2016-17 as per eurohockey.com.

    http://www.eurohockey.com/stats/leag...mpionship.html

    If they played again this year (eurohockey isn't updated) and haven't played elsewhere, they should be okay.

    That said - several of these players are likely not native to Georgia but naturalized under the two-year rule. Many have played elsewhere previously.

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    Good wins for GEO, TPE and BUL on day 1. Bad start for the hosts, RSA.

    http://www.iihf.com/competition/642/statistics/

    Looks like promotion will be between GEO and BUL. Hard to see HKG avoiding relegation.

    Geoff

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    South Africans weren’t even close in yesterdays game. Bulgarians were far better and actually played some quite attractive hockey. I didn’t watch Georgias game but I managed to see the Asian clash. Both teams were closer to RSAs class rather than challengers to Bulgaria.

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    Wins today for GEO who should now finish first, TPE who beat RSA and TUR.

    http://www.iihf.com/competition/642/statistics/

    Final order looking like

    GEO, BUL, TUR, TPE, RSA and HKG but there should be some more close games for places 2 to 5.

    Geoff
    Last edited by GeoffH; 18-04-2018 at 01:03.

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    Well I will retract, in part, my concerns for the Georgians using Russian players. In their 11-1 win over Hong Kong today ethnic Georgians had 9 goals, and while I didn't get to see the game, the scoresheet suggests the Russian players played a minimal role (going by plus/minus and assists at least). Hopefully the Georgians show up for the last two games as well, and show the federation they don't need to bring in Russians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaiser_matias View Post
    Well I will retract, in part, my concerns for the Georgians using Russian players. In their 11-1 win over Hong Kong today ethnic Georgians had 9 goals, and while I didn't get to see the game, the scoresheet suggests the Russian players played a minimal role (going by plus/minus and assists at least). Hopefully the Georgians show up for the last two games as well, and show the federation they don't need to bring in Russians.
    The two players that scored the nine goals are:

    Alexander Zhuzhunashvili (from Moscow, Russia):

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=267023

    Oliver Obolgogiani (from Espoo, Finland)

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=50890

    Ethnic Georgians sure, but I don't think these two will convince the federation not to bring in foreigners....

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    No surprises in round 3, with easy wins for GEO, BUL and TUR. A few key games still to come before final rankings decided.

    Geoff

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    What a potential embarrassment for South Africa!

    Did anyone really see them getting relegated out of the Worlds entirely AT HOME?

    Enjoy your trip to the UAE for Qualification next year :)

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    Big surprise as RSA defeats GEO !!

    GEO will still be Division winners if they defeat TPE in last game and thus gain promotion.

    RSA will still be relegated if they lose to HKG but that seems unlikely.
    Last edited by GeoffH; 22-04-2018 at 09:19.

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    Unbelievble! How on earth could Georgia loose!? So Turkey or Bulgaria for promotion. They are really lucky.

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    No Georgia will still promote if they defeat Taiwan in the last game. They won the head to head against both competitors and there can't be a three way tie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennison View Post
    No Georgia will still promote if they defeat Taiwan in the last game. They won the head to head against both competitors and there can't be a three way tie.
    Well of course. My wrong.

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    No mistake today by GEO , they lead TPE 8-1 after 2 periods. Hopefully there won’t be any issues with eligibility that lead to subsequent disqualification.

    Should be a very competitive division again next year with Luxembourg coming back down and Turkmenistan coming through from IIIQ.

    Geoff

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