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By Didzis Rudmanis

Latvian U20 returns to Elite for 2012

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Latvian U20 national team with a 3:1 victory over Belarussian U20 team finished it’s triumph at the Division 1 tournament in Babruysk, Belarus, returning to the Elite division for the 2012 tournament.

Janis Kalnins finished the tournament with the best GAA, as well as SVS%, although the best goaltender award went to British goalie Ben Bowns (who reflected a total of 198 shots, three times more than Kalnins did). However, the best defender award went to Ralfs Freibergs of the Latvian team. The top scorer of the Latvian team was Juris Upitis with 8 (3+5) points, closely followed by the 16-year-old talent Zemgus Girgensons with 7 (4+3) points. Head coach Leonids Beresnevs announced Ronalds Kenins as the MVP of the Latvian team.

Latvian U20 results:

December 13 Great Britain U20 6:1 Girgensons (2x), Biezais (2x), Pelss, Upitis
December 14 Ukraine U20 9:0 Freibergs, Biezais, Upitis, Girgensons, Tubelis, Pelss, Kalvitis, Salija, Jansons
December 16 Japan U20 2:1 Bicevskis (2x)
December 17 Italy U20 1:0 Girgensons
December 19 Belarus U20 3:1 Dikis, Zabis, Upitis

Latvian U20 statistics:

(in bold – players eligible to play at the 2012 World U20 Championship)

Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- GWG PPG SHG SOG
Juris Upitis F 5 3 5 8 0 +6 0 0 0 14
Zemgus Girgensons F 5 4 3 7 8 +6 2 0 0 11
Elvijs Biezais F 5 3 3 6 6 +4 0 0 1 21
Kristians Pelss F 5 2 2 4 31 +3 0 0 0 12
Maris Bicevskis F 5 2 2 4 2 +3 1 1 0 9
Bruno Zabis F 5 1 3 4 2 +4 1 0 0 9
Ralfs Freibergs D 5 1 2 3 6 +1 0 1 0 12
Girts Jansons F 5 1 2 3 0 +2 0 0 0 4
Ronalds Kenins F 5 0 3 3 4 +6 0 0 0 28
Edgars Dikis D 5 1 1 2 2 +3 0 1 0 5
Arturs Salija D 5 1 1 2 24 +3 0 0 0 4
Martins Jakovlevs D 5 0 2 2 2 +7 0 0 0 11
Eriks Sevcenko D 5 0 2 2 2 +4 0 0 0 7
Karlis Kalvitis D 5 1 0 1 0 +3 0 1 0 6
Raimonds Tubelis D 5 1 0 1 0 +5 1 1 0 10
Egils Kalns F 5 0 1 1 0 +3 0 0 0 7
Arturs Mickevics F 5 0 1 1 0 +3 0 0 0 13
Davis Straupe F 5 0 1 1 2 +1 0 0 0 3
Maris Dilevka F 5 0 1 1 4 +3 0 0 0 7
Martins Porejs D 4 0 0 0 0 +4 0 0 0 7
GP TOI GA SVS SOG SVS% GAA
Janis Kalnins 4 240 2 78 80 97.50 0.50
Kristers Gudlevskis 1 60 1 16 17 94.12 1.00

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