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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

Latvian U20 set for World Juniors

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Yesterday Latvian U20 national team head coach Leonids Beresnevs announced those 22 players, who will set off for Babruisk, Belarus already tomorrow morning, in order to begin the tournament on December 13 and eventually try to return to the Elite Division for next year.

In order to do that, Latvian team will have to beat not only Japanese, Italian, Great Britain and Ukrainian teams, but also its main rivals for the victory in the tournament – Belarussian team, who will host the tournament. Belarussian team this year consists of many already professional players, of whom majority play in the Belarussian league. In combination with the home ice advantage, Belarussians have slightly higher chances of winning the tournament.

Unfortunately, two potential Latvian team participants withdrew from the pre-tournament training camp, as they got injured. Both of them would most likely made the roster – first one of the is HK Riga players Vladislavs Dobrenkijs, but the second one – Rolands Vigners who plays for Reims of the French Division 1 and did magnificently well during the both exhibition tournaments earlier this season.

Yesterday, during the press conference assistant coach Aigars Cipruss also commented that during this season Kristians Pelss (Edmonton Oil Kings) game has improved a lot, and that he has already benefited from crossing the pond last summer.

Tournament schedule:

December 13 Great Britain
December 14 Ukraine
December 16 Japan
December 17 Italy
December 19 Belarus*

*- the game starts at 17:00 GMT and will be broadcasted by LTV7, so there is a slight chance that the game could be streamed somewhere.

Latvian U20 roster:

G Kristers Gudlevskis 1992 HK Riga MHL
G Janis Kalnins 1991 Metalurgs Liepaja-2 Latvia
D Edgars Dikis 1991 HK Riga MHL
D Ralfs Freibergs 1991 Texas Tornado NAHL
D Martins Jakovlevs 1991 HK Riga MHL
D Karlis Kalvitis 1991 HK Riga MHL
D Martins Porejs 1991 HK Riga MHL
D Arturs Salija 1992 HK Riga MHL
D Eriks Sevcenko 1991 HK Riga MHL
D Raimonds Tubelis 1991 Metalurgs Liepaja-2 Latvia
F Maris Bicevskis 1991 HK Riga MHL
F Elvijs Biezais 1991 HK Riga MHL
F Maris Dilevka 1992 Metalurgs Liepaja Belarus
F Zemgus Girgensons 1994 Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL
F Girts Jansons 1991 Muik Hockey Finland4
F Egils Kalns 1991 Metalurgs Liepaja Belarus
F Ronalds Kenins 1991 GC Kusnacht Lions NLB
F Arturs Mickevics 1991 HK Riga MHL
F Kristians Pelss 1992 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL
F Davis Straupe 1992 HK Riga MHL
F Juris Upitis 1991 HK Riga MHL
F Bruno Zabis 1991 Metalurgs Liepaja-2 Latvia

Latvian U20 roster announced

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Today the Latvian U20 national team roster for the U20 Sino Cup in Rodovre, Denmark, which will begin on November 9 and during which Latvian team is going to face Austrian, Belarussian, Danish and Finnish U20 national teams, was announced.

It is the last preparatory tournament for the Latvian team, before the 2011 First division U20 Championship, which is going to take place in Babruysk, Belarus between December 9-13. The only aim for the Latvian team is to win their main rivals Belarussians and return to the Elite division for 2012.

Announced roster for the tournament:

G Kristers Gudlevskis 1992 HK Riga MHL
G Janis Kalnins 1991 Metalurgs Liepaja-2 Latvia
D Reinis Demiters 1991 HK Riga MHL
D Edgars Dikis 1991 HK Riga MHL
D Kristers Freibergs 1992 Metalurgs Liepaja Belarus
D Martins Jakovlevs 1991 HK Riga MHL
D Karlis Kalvitis 1991 HK Riga MHL
D Martins Porejs 1991 HK Riga MHL
D Eriks Sevcenko 1991 HK Riga MHL
D Raimonds Tubelis 1991 Metalurgs Liepaja-2 Latvia
F Maris Bicevskis 1991 HK Riga MHL
F Elvijs Biezais 1991 HK Riga MHL
F Maris Dilevka 1992 Metalurgs Liepaja-2 Latvia
F Maksims Firsovs 1991 SK LSPA/Riga Latvia
F Girts Jansons 1991 Muik Hockey Finland4
F Egils Kalns 1991 Metalurgs Liepaja Belarus
F Edgars Kurmis 1993 HK Riga MHL
F Ronalds Kenins 1991 GC Kusnacht Lions NLB
F Arturs Mickevics 1991 HK Riga MHL
F Davis Straupe 1992 HK Riga MHL
F Raimonds Upenieks 1992 HK Riga MHL
F Juris Upitis 1991 HK Riga MHL
F Rolands Vigners 1991 Reims French Division 1

Let me just remind you that in September the sixth Sergei Zholtok Memorial Cup was held in Riga. Here you can take a look back at the team’s roster in September: U20 roster for the Zholtok Cup announced