MINSK, 10 December (BelTA) – Belarus defeated Austria 4-3 (2-3, 1-0, 1-0) on the first day of the 2019 IIHF U20 Ice Hockey World Championship Division I in Minsk on 9 December, BelTA has learned.
The Austrians were off to a good start as they attacked aggressively and were faster than their rivals. Austria's Valentin Ploner broke the ice with a goal at 04:55 taking advantage of a mistake made by the hosting team.
After that Team Belarus stepped up the game making the Austrians nervous. Vitali Pinchuk scored for Belarus at 06:42. Soon afterwards Benjamin Baumgartner took Team Austria ahead. The Belarusians responded when Ilya Usov scored for Belarus at 17:59. However, it took Team Austria less then a minute to get the lead after Paul Huber scored making it 3-2 for Austria.
In the second period Andrei Pavlenko scored for Belarus at 30:29, which significantly boosted morale of Team Belarus.
Alexei Protas scored again making the final score 4 -3 for Belarus.
On 12 December Team Belarus will face Team Norway, on 13 December they will play against Team Slovenia, on 15 December they will take on Team Denmark.
All the matches are broadcast by the Belarus 5 TV channel.