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    2020 IIHF U20 World Championship Division III

    Division III started yesterday in Sofia, Bulgaria. Mexico is the top seed of the tournament after being relegated from Division II Group B. New Zealand is the lowest seed after losing the seventh place game against South Africa in last years Division III tournament.

    - Tournament page: https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2020/wm20iii
    - Livestreaming: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNT...riUlqHQ/videos

    On Day 1 Turkey and Mexico both picked up shutouts, Australia got a decent win over South Africa and Iceland had a narrow win over host Bulgaria.

    - Turkey 3-0 Chinese Taipei
    - Australia 6-1 South Africa
    - Mexico 5-0 New Zealand
    - Bulgaria 3-4 Iceland

    Group A standings
    1. Mexico - 3pts
    2. Iceland - 3pts
    3. Bulgaria - 0pts
    4. New Zealand - 0pts

    Group B standings
    1. Australia - 3pts
    2. Turkey - 3pts
    3. Chinese Taipei - 0pts
    4. South Africa - 0pts

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    The initial target for the teams is to finish in the top two in your group of four. You can they play off for the top places. ISL surprisingly missed out last year and finished 5th overall. An important win for them today, over hosts BUL who finished 4th last year.

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    Iceland continued their good form with a win over top seed Mexico so they are now into the playoffs. Other then Iceland winning on Day 2 Turkey and Australia picked up their second wins meaning they go through to the playoffs and Bulgaria picked up a win over New Zealand. Thursdays game with Bulgaria v Mexico will decide who joins the other three.

    - Turkey 6-1 South Africa
    - Chinese Taipei 0-5 Australia
    - Iceland 5-2 Mexico
    - Bulgaria 3-2 New Zealand

    Group A standings
    1. Iceland - 6pts
    2. Mexico - 3pts
    3. Bulgaria - 3pts
    4. New Zealand - 0pts

    Group B standings
    1. Australia - 6pts
    2. Turkey - 6pts
    3. Chinese Taipei - 0pts
    4. South Africa - 0pts

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    Thanks for your regular helpful updates. Looks like a very competitive event with mainly well contested games. The Mexico hockey programme seems to be in decline at the moment, failing to make the top four would represent a rapid drop at this age group. Think their senior team is under threat of relegation to Div III when they play later this year, too.

    Geoff

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    Its a shame if their hockey program is in decline, they always seems to be participating in every tournament in all categories. The Pan American Ice Hockey Tournament was great while that lasted as well.

    The good news for Mexico is that on Day 3 they managed to pickup the final playoffs with their win over Bulgaria. In the other games Iceland monstered New Zealand (they did the same thing last year), South Africa got their first win of the tournament and Australia pick up a narrow win over Turkey. Iceland, Mexico, Australia and Turkey now advance to the playoffs while Bulgaria, New Zealand, South Africa and Chinese Taipei move onto the placement round.

    - South Africa 5-3 Chinese Taipei
    - New Zealand 1-10 Iceland
    - Australia 3-2 Turkey
    - Mexico 5-2 Bulgaria

    Group A standings
    1. Iceland - 9pts
    2. Mexico - 6pts
    3. Bulgaria - 3pts
    4. New Zealand - 0pts

    Group B standings
    1. Australia - 9pts
    2. Turkey - 6pts
    3. South Africa - 3pts
    4. Chinese Taipei - 0pts

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    An encouraging win for MEX which keeps them in contention for promotion back into Division II. Likely that the MEX v BUL game will be crucial when the Senior Division IIB contest is held and both are battling to avoid dropping to Div III.

    Geoff

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    Day 4 saw Mexico's push to return to Division II end with a thrashing by Australia and Iceland beat Turkey in the other semifinal. We now have Australia v Iceland in the gold medal game and Turkey v Mexico playing for third. In the placement round Bulgaria destroyed Chinese Taipei and New Zealand got their first win of the tournament. Bulgaria will play New Zealand for fifth and South Africa play Chinese Taipei for 7th.

    Semifinals
    - Australia 8-3 Mexico
    - Iceland 5-2 Turkey

    5th to 8th placement
    - Bulgaria 8-1 Chinese Tapei
    - South Africa 1-2 New Zealand

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    The final day of competition sees Iceland defeat Australia in the gold medal match and earn promotion to Division II Group B. Massive improvements for Iceland after finishing fifth in 2019. Australia on the other hand pick up silver for the second year running. Top seeded Mexico comes in fourth after losing the bronze medal game to Turkey. Lowest seed New Zealand improves with a sixth place finish while South Africa come in last.

    - 7th place game: South Africa 4-5 (OT) Chinese Taipei
    - 5th place game: Bulgaria 6-1 New Zealand
    - 3rd place game: Turkey 4-2 Mexico
    - 1st place game: Iceland 4-1 Australia

    Final standings
    1. Iceland - promoted to Division II Group B
    2. Australia
    3. Turkey
    4. Mexico
    5. Bulgaria
    6. New Zealand
    7. Chinese Taipei
    8. South Africa

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    Seems like a good competitive event.

    I’ll be interested to see if it runs with eight teams next year. If more countries enter then TPE and RSA may have to drop down to a Div IIIQ again.

    Geoff

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    I assume eight is now the maximum the IIHF will put in one tournament. Add at least one team next year will they go 6 in one tournament and 3 in the other?

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