Unlike the Austrian/Korean game later in the day, this one didn’t feature much scoring. In fact, only one team managed to get on the board as goaltender Luca Gracnar shut out the Hungarians to snag the 2-0 victory.
It would take until the second period for Slovenia to finally break past the deadlock. Tomaz Razingar got the scoring started just under two minutes into the middle frame after deflecting Ziga Pavlin’s point shot past former NHL prospect Zoltan Hetenyi to make it 1-0. The second and final goal of the contest would come just four minutes later as Anze Kuralt doubled the gap with a wrist shot.
Hungary looked like the better team in the second, outshooting Slovenia by a total of 15-8. Unfortunately for Hungary, Gracnar stood tall, making 31 saves before snagging his second shutout of the tournament.
With the loss, Hungary’s hopes for earning promotion becomes slimmer and slimmer. Currently fifth place in the tournament, Hungary’s final two games come against Austria and Japan, the top two teams in the tournament so far. For Slovenia, the final two games against Ukraine and Austria become very important, as a Hungarian loss to Japan could become very important depending on their result against the Austrians in the final game.
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