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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