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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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: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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