Macedonia’s first ever international hockey game against a team made up of Bulgarian junior players came up short on Saturday, losing 6-5 in the shootout.
The game started off very well for Macedonia. The team took a quick lead thanks to the first ever goals scored by Jure Vnuk, who scored twice, and Dimitri Prokudin. Bulgaria would fight back, however, as Georgi Blagoev and Tomislav Georgiev reduced the lead to just one goal. Both teams would trade goals before the game to a close, with Bulgaria’ Tomislav Georgiev tying the game up late to force the match into a shootout, where the Bulgarians would end up claiming the victory.
At the 2014 Division III World Juniors, Bulgaria came dead last in the tournament thanks to a winless record. For Macedonia, this was the first chance the team has been able to take on another country in a national event as the teams hope to build their team to compete at the Division III World Championships in the future.
The two teams will meet again on Sunday afternoon.
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