Slovenia waited until their final game to grab their first victory of the tournament, finishing off with a 1-0 win before heading back to Division IA for 2016.
With it already known that Slovenia would be the team that will be relegated from Group B this year, the Anze Kopitar-led team entered Monday with hopes of grabbing at least a single point in the tournament. For Denmark, a win over Slovenia was ideal if they wanted to move up in the standings, as a win today plus a loss to Norway against Belarus tomorrow would result in them moving up to 8th in Group B.
Slovenia would be the first to strike. After exactly ten minutes of play, Sabahudin Kovačevič’s shot from the blue line would go straight off of Ziga Pance’s stick and over Sebastian Dahm, awarding Slovenia the 1-0 lead. Pance, a former member of the OHL’s Oshawa Generals, had two goals in the World Championships prior to today, giving him three in 20 career games at the top division.
It would be the only goal scored in the game, as Slovenia and Denmark both stopped each other’s offenses in their tracks, reducing shots against and quality zone entries. The game was played mostly in the neutral zone; both goaltenders were rarely challenged with quality chances on net.
With only minutes remaining, Denmark pulled their goalie to attempt to tie the game up and head to overtime. However, they weren’t able to break through, and Slovenia held on for their only win in the tournament.
In the final standings, Slovenia landed in the relegation spot for Group B, finishing with 3 points and a 1-0-0-6 record. Denmark was only slightly better than them, finishing with 4 points and a 1-0-1-5 record. Neither team performed up to possibilities in the tournament.
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