With time winding down in the 2015 Division III World Championships, the United Arab Emirates ended Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tournament with their first victory of the event, snagging the 5-2 decision.
UAE’s power-play gave the favoured team the early contest lead. Seven minutes in, Omar Al Shamisi grabbed his second marker of the tournament to give his team the 1-0 lead right off the bat. Al Shamisi almost made it 2-0 just five minutes later when he was awarded a penalty shot, but was unsuccessful after being unable to beat Bosnian puck stopper Dino Pasovic. UAE did end the period with a 2-0 lead, however, as Faisal Al Blooshi capitalized on a double-minor for high sticking to Bosnia to start off strong heading into the middle frame.
The second period was far from successful for the Emirates, however. For the only time in the game, Bosnia managed to out-shoot their rivals 13-11, evidence of their improvement throughout the tournament. UAE found Haris Mrkva to be a big nuisance, scoring two goals for the first and only two goal period by the Bosnia in the entire tournament.
Mrkva’s two goal period proved to be the final bit of success for Bosnia. Despite not scoring another goal, they managed to keep the game tied at one apiece for the majority of the third period. That all changed with three minutes left when Al Shamisi managed to pot his second of the night, giving his team the game-winning goal. UAE would get two more goals shortly after before the clock winded down, giving the team their first win of the tournament with a game still remaining.
With the victory, UAE will battle Georgia for fifth place on Sunday afternoon. Bosnia, however, will finish the tournament with three goals and zero wins, not unexpected for a team participating in their first Division III World Championship event.
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