After completely dominating the competition on home soil, the Estonian national hockey team will advance to Round Two of the Olympic Qualifiers in February.

There was no doubt from the start that Estonia were going to dominate the first round of the qualifiers, and after starting the tournament with a 19-1 destruction of Israel, it was clear how unevenly matched the event was going to be. Estonia then went on to up their own performance, beating the lowest ranked Bulgarian team 26-0 before eating Mexico 13-3 in the final game on Sunday.

With the high scoring nature of Estonia (which saw them score 58 goals in three games), it was not strange to see nine of the top ten scorers in the tournament come from the same nation. Robert Rooba led the way, scoring 11 goals and 24 points in the short tournament weekend, with 11 of his points coming during the big win over Bulgaria.

In Group L action, Serbia’s tournament wasn’t as dominated, by a 5-3 victory over Spain helped Serbia also move on to the second round. Dimitrije Filipovic led the way offensively, posting seven points in three games (including three points in the final game) to help put Serbia overtop of their Spanish rivals.

With the win in Group K, Estonia will now advance to Group H of the Olympic Qualification Preliminary Round, heading off to play Hungary, Poland and Lithuania in mid-February. Serbia, who will also move on, will have to meet much stronger competition in Group H, facing Italy, Great Britain and the Netherlands in a tournament they’ll definitely struggle in. The winners will then move on to the Final Olympic Qualification in September, with the Olympics set to take place in February of 2018.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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