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Tuesday
Jun062017

Game # 4 vs Finland , big 4-0 WIN !!!

 A must win game for both teams , as nobody wants to finish 5th in their division and have zero chance towards the quarterfinals.

Team Greece made some line up changes:

Line #1 : Keeping Josh Barbas upfront after moving him thereor the Slovakia game. He is playing along Michael Barbas and Chris Vagenas.

Line #2 had Nicholas Pitsikoulis with Stevie Alvo and Kevin Kuzmarski.

Line #3 saw newcomer Philip Klitirinos stay at center as the experiment worked very well vs Slovakia, he would have Mario Argiris and Peter Karvouniaris on his wings

Line #4 : The HBHA decided to leave Manny Arkalis on defense (since Josh moved to forward). With center Peter Giannoumis out for the remainder of the tournament the HBHA took a chance and tried rookie Kosta Kakivelis at Center. Hs linemates would be Peter Arkalis, Adam Romano and Robert Barbas.

The team came out hungry and fast and the results showed.

The floodgates opened as Chris Vagenas, Peter Karvouniaris and Josh Barbas all scored in the first period.  Peter K added his second of the match in the 3rd period and led the team to a 4-0 win. Rookie goaltender Alex Bitsakis eaned his first ever World Championship shut-out with some excellent saves.

The defensive core played great and will need to continue doing so moving forward.

The final position depends on the last game between India and Finland,

If India wins they finish 3rd and Greece 4th meaning a game vs a B pool winner to see who will stay to advance in the A pool quarter-finals.

A loss by India means Greece would finish 3rd and go straight into the Quarters. All of this will be clear after Tuesday`s games.

From Website: www.parubice2017.com

From start to finish, the Greeks were the better side in this game. In the first period, they built themselves a comfortable 3-0 lead. In second period, Peter Karvouniaris scored his second goal of the game and Finland still couldn´t find an answer. After a goalless third period, the final score was 4-0 for Greece. After their third loss, Finland stays at the bottom of Group A1, while Greece moves up to third place.

Reactions

Coach of team Finland): We started the game quite badly. We didn’t score any goals because Greece, as well as the other teams in this tournament, are better prepared for the games. Some of our players met on the rink in Pardubice for the first time and I think that is the main problem. We have to prepare more often and more properly.

George Vouloumanos (head coach, Team Greece): We were following our game plan, playing very disciplined. We used our speed and skills to beat a very good Finnish team. When we had opportunities, we were able to score goals.

 

Tuesday
Jun062017

Game #3 vs Slovakia

In order to beat the 2 time back to back champions you need to play a perfect game. Basically stay out of the box. This was something the coaches preached before the game and early on it was ok. Greece struck first when Nicholas Pitsikoulis put one behind their keeper. After that however the referrees seemed to call every single play not allowing the teams to get any sort of rhythm. The Greek bench was frustarted as they were being called for slashes and interference / boarding, but when the Slovaks did the same they weren`t being penalized. The calls were one sided with a total of over 18 penalties called on Team Greece to only 5 for Slovakia.

Teams like this dont care about 5 on 5 hockey and they tend to dive and over exaggerate in order to draw penaties. They took advantage getting 3 by goaltender John Vrettis as they took the win 3-1.

The next and last game of the round robin is a must wn vs Finland. Team Greece will have to stay out of the box and use their speed 5 on 5 to be effective.

Forward Peter Giannoumis suffered a ankle injury and will be out for the remainder of the tournament.

From Website:

Despite some early difficulty, Slovakia remains perfect in the tournament following a 3-1 victory over Greece, in a very physical game that included several fisticuffs. After taking Canada to a shootout earlier in the tournament, the Greeks continued to show they’re no pushover by taking a first period lead on a goal by Nicholas Pitsikoulis. The Slovaks evened it in the second period and then finally went in front in the third with two goals 1:13 apart – Jaroslav Martinusik scored the game-winner on a deflection and assisted on the insurance marker.

Jozef Minarik (captain, Team Slovakia): We knew what to expect. Greece is a strong, tough and battling team that trains in Canada, so we knew what we would have to do. We were under pressure in the first period and gave up a goal, but I think we calmed down in the second and third periods. I’m a bit sorry for Greece, they were a little upset and battled us hard, but we’re glad we won.

John Adamou (alternate captain, Team Greece): This was the best game that we’ve played so far in the tournament. We’ve had three games in three days to start. We had a big game against Canada, then the next day against India we didn’t have much energy, but today we played very well. Now we’re playing on Monday and it’s a must-win against Finland. We have to have a short memory and forget about this and focus on our game. I also want to say that the people here have been amazing and the organization of the tournament is fantastic