South Korea’s undefeated record remains in tact after coming back to defeat the Netherlands 3-2 on Monday.
The game started off poorly for the Koreans. Just 1:31 into the game, Bartek Bison passed the puck off to defenseman Kilian van Gorp, who beat Yeon Seung Lee from the point to make it 1-0. The Netherlands continued to pressure the Koreans for the rest of the period, and with three minutes to go in the first, they were able to strike again. This time, Jord Smit got his first ever international goal, converting a pass from Giovanni Vogelaar into a two goal lead.
Neither team took true advantage of the second period. Korea, however, would finally get on the board. High school student Chong Hyun Lee made it 2-1 with a wrist shot power-play marker, giving his team a bit of momentum in the later portion of the period.
A penalty to Raymond van der Schuit midway through the third period should have given the Koreans a chance to tie it up. They were unable to score during the two minute advantage, but defenseman Yeong Jun Seo ripped the puck from the point to make it 2-0 just four seconds after the penalty expired.
More penalty troubles would plague any chance of glory for the Netherlands. With three minutes remaining, Jun Byung Bae’s point shot on the power-play gave Korea the lead for the first and only time of the contest. Netherlands hoped to score a third goal and force the game to overtime, but two penalties within the final two minutes of the game meant Korea had secured the 3-2 victory.
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