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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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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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