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    2020 IIHF Women's World Championship Division III

    Division III (previously known as Division II Qualification) got underway yesterday in Bulgaria. Lithuania I believe debuts at the Worlds and Romania comes into the group after being relegated last year.

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

    Day 1:

    - South Africa 4-11 Romania
    - Lithuania 4-1 Hong Kong
    - Belgium 4-2 Bulgaria

    Standings
    1. Romania - 3pts
    2. Lithuania - 3pts
    3. Belgium - 3pts
    4. Bulgaria - 0pts
    5. Hong Kong - 0pts
    6. South Africa - 0pts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salavat View Post
    Lithuania I believe debuts at the Worlds
    That is affirmative. The only other female participation the Lithuanians have had within the IIHF structure was sending a player, Anastasija Sersniova, to the Youth Olympic Games skills qualification final. She's also on the national team for its debut.
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    Results from Day 2 sees the highest ranked Romania taken to overtime by Hong Kong, Lithuania suffer their first World Championship loss and both South Africa and Bulgaria pick up their first points of the tournament.

    - Romania 2-1 (OT) Hong Kong
    - Belgium 3-4 South Africa
    - Bulgaria 2-1 Lithuania

    Standings
    1. Romania - 5pts
    2. Lithuania - 3pts
    3. Belgium - 3pts
    4. Bulgaria - 3pts
    5. South Africa - 3pts
    6. Hong Kong - 1pt

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    Results from Day 3 sees Lithuania pick up their second win, Hong Kong remain winless and Blugaria upset Romania in overtime.

    - Belgium 3-4 Lithuania
    - South Africa 2-1 Hong Kong
    - Romania 3-4 (OT) Bulgaria

    Standings
    1. Romania - 6pts
    2. Lithuania - 6pts
    3. South Africa - 6pts
    4. Bulgaria - 5pts
    5. Belgium - 3pts
    6. Hong Kong - 1pt

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    Results from Day 4 saw Belgium belt Hong Kong, Romania return to the winners column and South Africa pick up another three points to move into second.

    - Hong Kong 1-8 Belgium
    - Lithuania 2-4 Romania
    - Bulgaria 1-2 South Africa

    Standings
    1. Romania - 9pts
    2. South Africa - 9pts
    3. Lithuania - 6pts
    4. Belgium - 6pts
    5. Bulgaria - 5pts
    6. Hong Kong - 1pt

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    The final day of the competition sees South Africa defeat Lithuania to claim promotion to Division II Group B. South Africa finished third in 2019 so its a good result for them, they haven't played in Division II Group B since 2013. Belgium finished second after beating Romania and Bulgaria shutout Hong Kong. Top seed Romania finishes the competition in third.

    - South Africa 4-2 Lithuania
    - Hong Kong 0-5 Bulgaria
    - Romania 2-4 Belgium

    Standings
    1. South Africa - 12pts
    2. Belgium - 9pts
    3. Romania - 9pts
    4. Bulgaria - 8pts
    5. Lithuania - 6pts
    6. Hong Kong - 1pt

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    Thanks for posting the results of this event. One ‘fun fact’ is that after losing their first game 4-11 , South Africa had four narrow wins so ended with a minus two goal difference ! Don’t see that very often for the winning team.

    Geoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffH View Post
    Thanks for posting the results of this event. One ‘fun fact’ is that after losing their first game 4-11 , South Africa had four narrow wins so ended with a minus two goal difference ! Don’t see that very often for the winning team.

    Geoff
    That is quite unique, especially at this level. It is good that the standard of competition was fairly balanced down in Division III although the Hong Kongers were not quite up to the same level. Credit to them for stealing a point away from Romania, a point which would have given them a silver medal; they can hold their heads high that they didn't walk away completely empty-handed despite going winless.
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