Estonia appeared to have almost blown their lead in the final minutes of their game against Romania on Monday, but a late empty net goal allowed them to keep the hometown crowd following a 4-2 victory at the Division IIA World Juniors.

It took until the 35th minute of the game for any team to record a goal. Deniss Antonov, who was named the top player for Estonia following the game, scored on an unassisted effort to give Estonia the 1-0 lead. The advantage didn’t last for long, as Hunor Csergo picked up a pass from Szobolcs Hildebrand before roofing it home, tying the game at one before the start of the third period.

10:44 into the third, Estonia grabbed their second lead of the game. Robert Arrak, who currently plays in the Finnish Liiga, got his second goal of the game after some good chemistry between him and Jegor Petrov. Petrov got a goal of his own seven minutes later, which actually proved to be the game winner. Robert Egyed hoped to change that fact when he scored Romania’s second goal with two minutes to go, and with Antonov now out of the game following a hit from behind, Romania pulled their goalie in an attempt to score with the two man advantage. However, German Samvel scored an empty net shorthanded goal to give Estonia the 4-2 lead, good enough to take home the victory.

Romanian goaltender Attila Adorjan has had to be busy in both games so far. The Miskolci JJSE goaltender has made 50 saves in both games, with a total of 109 shots against during that span. His SP% may just be a respectable .917 so far in this tournament, but with no other goalie facing more than 67 shots, it’s clear that he’s had to be spectacular for Romania.

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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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