The Polish national team capped off a strong 2014 season with a Euro Ice Hockey Challenge tournament victory in Budapest, Hungary on Sunday.
Both Poland and Korea came out of the tournament with two victories, but the killer would be the two points Korea earned against Italy in a shootout win compared to two three point victories for Poland. The extra point sealed the deal prior to the final contest, as a 6-3 loss for Poland at the hands of the Koreans proved to mean nothing in the end.
It’s been a good year for Poland. They earned promotion to the Division IA World Championships earlier this year and it was announced just recently that they would host the tournament after Ukraine had to withdraw. At the other end of the spectrum, the recently demoted Italians, used a roster full of homegrown players after years of using ex-pats from North America. The team was unable to win a game in regulation, finishing in last place in the four team tournament.
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