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Latvian U20 suffers a painful loss to Russia U18

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This evening Latvian U20 national team played already the second game of the sixth Sergei Zholtok Memorial Cup held in Riga. After winning the Belarusian U20 team 3:1 yesterday, Latvians suffered a loss to Russian U18 team 3:5, with four goals scored by Maxim Shalunov.

The game set off in a relatively high tempo, with both teams crushing the net, however, in the sixth minute of the game Maxim Shalunov scored already on the first powerplay of the night. Minutes later Latvians took the initiave of the game and tied the score, when Girts Jansons put the puck in after a rebound from Denis Perevozhchikov’s pads, scoring already his second goal of the tournament. Already late in the period Shalunov scored just another goal.

The second period began with two powerplays for the Latvian team, and in the latter of them Latvians crushed the net with many shots, however Perevozhchikov kept the puck out of it. In the middle of the period Shalunov and the only 1994-born player of the tournament Mikhail Grigorenko were put in the same powerplay unit and almost immediately Grigorenko increased Russian lead to 3:1. After a horrible mistake by defender Raimonds Tubelis, Shalunov was left alone in the front of the net and faced no problems beating Janis Kalnins. However, with a couple of minutes left in the period, Edgars Abolins scored a one-timer goal to make it 4:2.

In the third period Russian team had paced down, which allowed Latvians to attack most of the time and led the Russian defenceman to earn several successive penalties. Latvians were down by two goals and the game could have been turned around, if it was not for the admirable performance of Perevozhchikov. When there were only three minutes left in the regulation, Raimonds Tubelis once again forgot about Shalunov, who scored already his fourth goal of the night. With one minute left in a game, during a delayed call, Reinis Demiters managed to shoot a heavy shot, which found its way to the back of the net, but that was the end of it. Russians celebrated a 5:3 victory.

Generally, Latvian first line (Upitis – Bicevskis – Biezais) proved themselves to be capable of surrounding the opposing net and they had many great chances throughout the game. Another notable players was the second line center Ronalds Kenins. As of defenders, Martins Porejs left the greatest impression for me. With around five-six more additions to the team, I feel optimistic about the Latvian opportunity to win their U20 World Championship Division 1 group and once again play in Elite Division in 2012.

Latvian team roster:

Janis Kalnins

Eriks Sevcenko – Martins Jakovlevs; Juris Upitis – Maris Bicevskis – Elvijs Biezais

Reinis Demiters – Martins Porejs; Miks Lipsbergs – Ronalds Kenins – Vladislavs Dobrenkijs

Romans Sevcenko – Toms Taurins; Arturs Mickevics – Edgars Abolins – Maris Dilevka

Raimonds Tubelis – Ronalds Gritans; Egils Kalns – Bruno Zabis – Girts Jansons

U20 roster for the Zholtok Cup announced

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Latvian Hockey Federation has announced the Latvian national U20 team roster for the sixth Sergei Zholtok Memorial Cup, which will take place on September 1-4 in Riga, Latvia. This year the tournament will include Latvian, Belarusian, Danish U20 teams, as well as the Russian U18 team.

In December the team, led by Leonids Beresnevs, will play in World U20 Championships Div.1 tournament in Belarus. Latvian team will have only one aim – to win over Belarusians and to return to the Elite division.

Tournament schedule:

September 1, 19:00 Latvia U20 – Belarus u20
September 2, 16:00 Denmark U20 – Belarus U20
September 2, 19:15 Latvia U20 – Russia U18
September 3, 16:00 Belarus U20 – Russia U18
September 3, 19:15 Latvia U20 – Denmark U20
September 4, 15:00 Russia U18 – Denmark U20

The roster includes all the best junior players, currently playing in Latvia. As of players, who are playing abroad, only Ronalds Kenins (GC/Kusnacht Lions) and Girts Jansons (Muik Hockey) will take part in this tournament. It is expected that the World Championship roster will also include Kristians Pelss (Edmonton Oil Kings), Vitalijs Hvorostinins (fighting for a spot on Val-d’Or Foreurs), Rolands Vigners (Reims), Matiss Mezulis (Gotteron U20) and probably also brothers Ralfs and Kristers Freibergs, both playing in Sweden.

Official roster for the tournament:

G Toms Broks HK Riga
G Janis Kalnins Metalurgs Liepaja
D Arturs Salija HK Riga
D Eriks Sevcenko HK Riga
D Glebs Rogoza Metalurgs Liepaja
D Martins Jakovlevs HK Riga
D Martins Porejs HK Riga
D Raimonds Tubelis HK Riga
D Reinis Demiters Metalurgs Liepaja-2
D Rolands Gritans Metalurgs Liepaja-2
D Romans Sevcenko Metalurgs Liepaja-2
F Arturs Mickevics HK Riga
F Bruno Zabis Metalurgs Liepaja-2
F Edgars Abolins Metalurgs Liepaja-2
F Egils Kalns Metalurgs Liepaja-2
F Elvijs Biezais HK Riga
F Girts Jansons Muik Hockey
F Juris Upitis HK Riga
F Maris Bicevskis HK Riga
F Maris Dilevka Metalurgs Liepaja
F Miks Lipsbergs HK Riga
F Raimonds Upenieks HK Riga
F Ronalds Kenins GC/Kusnacht Lions
F Vladislavs Dobrenkijs HK Riga

Metalurgs Liepaja wins Polish national team

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Latvian club Metalurgs Liepaja spent the last few days in Poland, where it took part in the Sosnowiec Cup, as a part of the team’s pre-season schedule. On August 21, the last day of the cup, Metalurgs Liepaja managed to win over Polish national team and finish the tournament in second place.

On Day 1 Metalurgs Liepaja faced HC Ocelari Trinec of the Czech Extraleague and lost 2:4. Goals for Liepaja were scored by Edgars Brancis and Vladimirs Mamonovs.

Metalurgs line-up:

Dmitrijs Zabotinskis

Vents Feldmanis – Yuri Navarenko; Vladimirs Mamonovs – Artem Gnidenko – Valerijs Filimonovs

Arturas Katulis – Sergei Gubin; Edijs Brahmanis – Edgars Brancis – Gunars Skvorcovs

Renars Demiters – Edmunds Kniksts; Lauris Bajaruns – Vitalijs Pavlovs – Toms Zeltins

Nerius Alisauskas – Glebs Rogoza; Koba Jass – Maris Gravitis – Maris Dilevka(Aldis or Edgars Abolins)

The roster of Metalurgs Liepaja stayed exactly like this for the rest of the tournament. On Day 2 Metalurgs won local Zaglebie Sosnowiec 5:2 with two goals scored by Ukrainian Artem Gnidenko, as well as Lithuanian Arturas Katulis, Vladimirs Mamonovs and Valerijs Filimonovs. In the team’s 2:1 win over Polish NT the goal scorers were Filimonovs and Skvorcovs.

On September 3 Metalurgs Liepaja will play their last exhibition game against Dinamo Riga. The team will begin the regular season on September 8, when it will play against Khimvolokno Mogilev.

Latvian U20 candidates list

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There is not much time left until the beginning of September, when Latvian U20 team will play already in the sixth Sergei Zholtok Memorial Cup. The candidates list for the team has been made available.

In December the team, led by Leonids Beresnevs, will play in World U20 Championships Div.1 tournament in Belarus. Latvian team will have only one aim – to win over Belarusians and to return to the Elite division.

Candidates list:

G Janis Kalnins 1991 Metalurgs Liepaja-2 Latvia
G Toms Broks 1991 HK Riga MHL
G Kristers Gudlevskis 1992 HK Riga MHL
D Glebs Rogoza 1991 Metalurgs Liepaja-2 Latvia
D Reinis Demiters 1991 Metalurgs Liepaja-2 Latvia
D Romans Sevcenko 1991 Metalurgs Liepaja-2 Latvia
D Raimonds Tubelis 1991 Metalurgs Liepaja-2 Latvia
D Rolands Gritans 1991 Metalurgs Liepaja-2 Latvia
D Martins Jakovlevs 1991 HK Riga MHL
D Arturs Salija 1992 HK Riga MHL
D Edgars Dikis 1991 HK Riga MHL
D Martins Porejs 1991 HK Riga MHL
D Eriks Sevcenko 1991 HK Riga MHL
D Nikita Kolesnikovs 1992 HK Riga MHL
D Ralfs Freibergs 1991 ?
D Kristers Freibergs 1992 ?
D Karlis Kalvitis 1991 ?
F Arturs Mickevics 1991 Metalurgs Liepaja-2 Latvia
F Edgars Abolins 1991 Metalurgs Liepaja-2 Latvia
F Maris Dilevka 1991 Metalurgs Liepaja-2 Latvia
F Egils Kalns 1991 Metalurgs Liepaja-2 Latvia
F Bruno Zabis 1991 Metalurgs Liepaja-2 Latvia
F Nils Semjonovs 1991 Metalurgs Liepaja-2 Latvia
F Juris Upitis 1991 HK Riga MHL
F Maris Bicevskis 1991 HK Riga MHL
F Elvijs Biezais 1991 HK Riga MHL
F Vladislavs Dobrenkijs 1991 HK Riga MHL
F Davis Straupe 1992 HK Riga MHL
F Miks Lipsbergs 1991 HK Riga MHL
F Ronalds Kenins 1991 GC/Kusnacht Lions NLB
F Rolands Vigners 1991 Reims France2
F Girts Jansons 1991 Muik Hockey Finland4
F Kristians Pelss 1992 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL
F Maksims Firsovs 1991 ?
F Mikus Ozols 1991 ?
F Raimonds Upenieks 1992 HK Riga MHL
F Vitalijs Hvorostinins 1992 ?
F Arturs Kuzmenkovs 1993 Metalurgs Liepaja-2 Latvia
F Artjoms Dasutins 1993 HK Sheriff MHL