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    2022 Olympic qualification

    First qualifying round for the Men’s event starts next month :

    https://www.iihf.com/en/static/5478/olympic

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    After 2 rounds in Sanya it looks like Chinese Taipei will be the qualifiers, having beaten Thailand 5-3 yesterday they just need a point from Hong Kong on Sunday. Hong Kong lost 2-7 to Thailand today. Kuwait well below the level of the other teams as expected.

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    Luxembourg and Kyrgyzstan who both won yesterday, meet today in game which should decide who wins overall

    https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2020/ogqp1n

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    Congratulations to Kyrgyzstan and Chinese Taipei who both won all three games and qualified for the next stage.

    https://www.iihf.com/en/home

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    Good to see Kyrgyzstan finished the tournament without the IIHF disqualifying them halfway through

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    Pre-qualification Round 2 is currently underway for twelve teams. Group K is being hosted in Brasov, Romania, Group L in Barcelona, Spain and Group M in Sisak, Croatia.

    Group K: https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2020/ogqp1k
    Group L: https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2020/ogqp1l
    Group M: https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2020/ogqp1m

    Group K started yesterday so the results are:

    - Iceland 9-4 Kyrgyzstan
    - Israel 0-15 Romania

    Group K Standings:
    1. Romania - 3pts
    2. Iceland - 3pts
    3. Kyrgyzstan - 0pts
    4. Israel - 0pts

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    Romania outshot Israel 92-6 !! That means that the goalies made 77 saves. Incredible.

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    A 15 nil shutout is always going to hurt. In another game the Netherlands outshot Mexio 88-7, one of the Mexican goalies made 64 saves from 77 shots.

    Results from Day Two of Group K saw Iceland shutout Israel and Romania thump Kyrgyzstan. Final day of competition is tomorrow for Group K.

    - Iceland 5-0 Israel
    - Romania 18-2 Kyrgyzstan

    Group K Standings:
    1. Romania - 6pts
    2. Iceland - 6pts
    3. Israel - 0pts
    4. Kyrgyzstan - 0pts

    Group L started yesterday with the Netherlands rolling over Mexico and Spain shutting out Chinese Taipei.

    - Mexico 1-17 Netherlands
    - Spain 11-0 Chinese Taipei

    Group L standings:
    1. Netherlands - 3pts
    2. Spain - 3pts
    3. Chinese Taipei - 0pts
    4. Mexico - 0pts

    And Group M also got underway yesterday with Serbia picking up a win against Turkey and Croatia easily overcoming Bulgaria.

    - Serbia 8-3 Turkey
    - Bularia 1-12 Croatia

    Group M standings:
    1. Croatia - 3pts
    2. Serbia - 3pts
    3. Turkey - 0pts
    4. Bulgaria - 0pts

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    Results from Day Two for Group L saw the Netherlands and Spain pick up pretty easy wins.

    - Netherlands 14-1 Chinese Taipei
    - Spain 15-1 Mexico

    Group L standings:
    1. Netherlands - 6pts
    2. Spain - 6pts
    3. Chinese Taipei - 0pts
    4. Mexico - 0pts

    And Day Two for Group M saw much of the same with Serbia shutting out Bulgari and Croatia making light work of Turkey.

    - Serbia 7-0 Bulgaria
    - Croatia 10-2 Turkey

    Group M standings:
    1. Croatia - 6pts
    2. Serbia - 6pts
    3. Turkey - 0pts
    4. Bulgaria - 0pts

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    Day 3 in Group K saw Romania easily beat Iceland to advance to Round 3 while in the other game Israel beat Kyrgyzstan in overtime, so not a bad effort for the Central Asian nation.

    - Kyrgyzstan 4-5 (OT) Israel
    - Romania 10-1 Iceland

    Group K Standings:
    1. Romania - 9pts - Advances to Pre-qualification Round 3
    2. Iceland - 6pts
    3. Israel - 2pts
    4. Kyrgyzstan - 1pts

    Day 3 of Group L has only had the one game played so far with Chinese Taipei upsetting Mexico 7-1. The Netherlands v Spain match however has been postponed due to problems with the ice (according to National Teams of Ice Hockey). I'll keep an eye on it and update when there is a result.

    - Chinese Taipei 7-1 Mexico

    Group L standings:
    1. Netherlands - 6pts
    2. Spain - 6pts
    3. Chinese Taipei - 3pts
    4. Mexico - 0pts

    And Day 3 for Group M saw a close decider for advancement with Croatia only winning by one goal. In the other match Turkey beat Bulgaria.

    - Turkey 4-1 Bulgaria
    - Croatia 2-1 Serbia

    Group M standings:
    1. Croatia - 9pts - Advances to Pre-qualification Round 3
    2. Serbia - 6pts
    3. Turkey - 3pts
    4. Bulgaria - 0pts

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    Thanks for summarising these events for us. Given the wide disparity in World Championship level these national teams play at , some big defeats were inevitable. Some good performances from the Div III/IV teams though. KGZ taking ISR to overtime and TPE beating MEX were both very creditable. TUR also performed well in their group.

    Geoff
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    The Spain v Netherlands game has now been abandoned with a decision to be made pending further discussions.

    https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2020/...down-postponed

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    Spain v Netherlands game to be held on 8 January in Barcelona, Spain.

    https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2020/...n-on-8-january

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    The Spain v Netherlands game was held yesterday to complete Group L. The Netherlands as expected won the game and advances to the next round.

    - Netherlands 5-3 Spain

    Group L standings:
    1. Netherlands - 9pts - Advances to Pre-qualification Round 3
    2. Spain - 6pts
    3. Chinese Taipei - 3pts
    4. Mexico - 0pts

    So with Round 2 completed we know the composition of Round 3 which begins 6 February.

    Group G: Slovenia, Japan, Lithuania, Croatia. In Jesenice, Slovenia.
    Group H: Kazakhstan, Poland, Ukraine, Netherlands. In Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
    Group J: Great Britain, Hungary, Estonia, Romania. In Nottingham, Great Britain.

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    Round 3 is now underway across all three groups.

    - Group G: https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2020/ogqp1g
    - Group H: https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2020/ogqp1h
    - Group J: https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2020/ogqp1j

    Group G saw Japan shutout Crotia and Slovenia got a convincing win over Lithuania.

    - Japan 9-0 Croatia
    - Lithuania 2-12 Slovenia

    Group G standings
    1. Slovenia - 3pts
    2. Japan - 3pts
    3. Croatia - 0pts
    4. Lithuania - 0pts

    Group H Poland shutouts the Netherlands and Kazakhstan mostly destroyed Ukraine.

    - Poland 8-0 Netherlands
    - Ukraine 1-8 Kazakhstan

    Group H standings
    1. Poland - 3pts
    2. Kazakhstan - 3pts
    3. Ukraine - 0pts
    4. Netherlands - 0pts

    And in Group J Hungary beat Estonia and Great Britain got a narrow win over Romania.

    - Hungary 4-1 Estonia
    - Great Britain 4-3 Romania

    1. Hungary - 3pts
    2. Great Britain - 3pts
    3. Romania - 0pts
    4. Estonia - 0pts

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    Thanks for posting the details of these events. Places for the Olympics themselves are very restricted and the winners here go forward to the final qualification round and are unlikely to get to Beijing.

    Geoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffH View Post
    Thanks for posting the details of these events. Places for the Olympics themselves are very restricted and the winners here go forward to the final qualification round and are unlikely to get to Beijing.

    Geoff
    It's a tough ask yet there could spring a surprise and I hope it would be in GB's favour. But the squad will find this a tough ask. Presuming GB put Hungary (in a possible last game decider) to bed. Kazachstan and Slovenia pose a barrier to Olympic possibility.

    What would the British media and sports fan base think of that if the little Island made it?. A total new one for them.

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    Round 3, Day 2 saw action for Group G and Group H while Group J had their rest day.

    In Group G Japan got their second shutout of the tournament this time against Lithuania. Not to be out done Slovenia also picked up a shutout over Croatia. Croatia is yet to score a goal this tournament after two games. Given the results Sunday's game between Slovenia and Japan is for promotion.

    - Japan 4-0 Lithuania
    - Slovenia 7-0 Croatia

    Group G standings
    1. Slovenia - 6pts
    2. Japan - 6pts
    3. Croatia - 0pts
    4. Lithuania - 0pts

    In Group H saw Poland with a solid win over Ukraine and Kazakhstan with an even more solid win over the Netherlands. Like Group G there is now only one game that matters which is Sunday's game between Kazakhstan and Poland.

    - Poland 6-1 Ukraine
    - Kazakhstan 7-1 Netherlands

    Group H standings
    1. Kazakhstan - 6pts
    2. Poland - 6pts
    3. Ukraine - 0pts
    4. Netherlands - 0pts

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    Round 3, Day 3 had only games from Group J while Group G and Group H were on a rest day. Great Britain easily overcame Estonia while Hungary needed overtime to get over Romania. So todays game between Great Britain and Hungary will decided who gets promoted.

    - Hungary 3-2 (OT) Romania
    - Estonia - 1-7 Great Britain

    1. Great Britain - 6pts
    2. Hungary - 5pts
    3. Romania - 1pts
    4. Estonia - 0pts

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    Impressed how well the Romania team has performed. They should compete OK at the Div 1A WC in a couple of months.

    Geoff

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    Yeah Romania have done well, an OT loss to Hungary who will be part of their Division I Group A tournament in May is a good test. Today's game against Estonia will be a good gauge as well.

    Group H finished of their tournament today with Poland defeating Kazakhstan to proceed to Round 4 (or final qualification). Considering Kazakhstan will play in the top division this year and Poland is down in Division I Group B this must be a massive upset. Surprised me that's for sure. In the other game Ukraine shutout the Netherlands to finish third.

    - Netherlands 0-3 Ukraine
    - Kazakhstan 2-3 Poland

    Group H standings
    1. Poland - 9pts - Advances to the Final Qualification round
    2. Kazakhstan - 6pts
    3. Ukraine - 3pts
    4. Netherlands - 0pts

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    So with Round 3 complete we now know the groups for the final qualification round. My early picks are on Slovakia, Latvia and Denmark but always up for some upsets.

    Final Olympic Qualification (27-30 August 2020)
    Group D: Slovakia, Belarus, Austria, Poland. In Slovakia (city TBA).
    Group E: Latvia, France, Italy, Hungary. In Riga, Latvia.
    Group F: Norway, Denmark, Korea, Slovenia. In Norway (city TBA).

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    In Group G everything seemed to go as expected with Slovenia beating Japan to advance to the Final Qualification round and Lithuania beating Croatia to finish third.

    - Croatia 1-3 Lithuania
    - Slovenia 6-2 Japan

    Group G standings
    1. Slovenia - 9pts
    2. Japan - 6pts
    3. Lithuania - 3pts
    4. Croatia - 0pts

    In Group J however Hungary upset Great Britain to advance to the final qualification round. In the other game Romania got the win against Estonia to finish third.

    - Romania 7-3 Estonia
    - Great Britain 1-4 Hungary

    Group J standings
    1. Hungary - 8pts
    2. Great Britain - 6pts
    3. Romania - 4pts
    4. Estonia - 0pts

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    Disappointing result for GBR they’ll need to be much sharper for the WC in Switzerland in May if they are to avoid relegation. As usual they are in the tougher group. Both ITA and KAZ are in the other group.

    Geoff

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    And Belarus (along with Latvia) can't be relegated because they they are 2021 hosts. Even more pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salavat View Post
    And Belarus (along with Latvia) can't be relegated because they they are 2021 hosts. Even more pressure.
    Actually it is less pressure for GB due to the changed relegation format. If Belarus is bottom ranked, only one team from Division IA will be promoted! So 7th in group is safe and Belarus has no pressure anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElTres View Post
    Actually it is less pressure for GB due to the changed relegation format. If Belarus is bottom ranked, only one team from Division IA will be promoted! So 7th in group is safe and Belarus has no pressure anyway.
    Good point, we British can hope that the Belarussians are feeling generous.

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    The IIHF tournament format seems to suggest that if either Belarus or Latvia finish eighth then it might come down to combined overall standings to determine the one team that is relegated. So 7th would be safe unless both Belarus and Latvia finish eighth in each group. Though I could be reading it wrong.

    "If Belarus and Latvia need to be protected from relegation from the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, only one team from the 2020 IIHF IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will be relegated and only the winner from 2020 IIHF IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A will be promoted."

    These two quotes were on the Wikipedia article though not sure of their accuracy:

    Group A: "If Belarus finishes 8th then the overall 14th ranked team will be relegated. If both Belarus and Latvia finish 8th in their groups then only the 14th ranked team will be relegated"

    Group B: "If Latvia finishes 8th then the overall 14th ranked team will be relegated. If both Belarus and Latvia finish 8th in their groups then only the 14th ranked team will be relegated"

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