Hungary and Estonia played for eleventh place in the U19 wfc. And both teams went for it from the beginning.
The odds were in favour of Estonia after the first period, as they scored two goals within 25 seconds in the eighteenth minute. First, Ken Pähn sliced up 3-3 into the roof. Next, Aleksander Andrejev got the ball and scored 4-3 from a close distance.
In the fourth minute of the second period, Peter Pfneiszli found partner Milan Adam, who netted for the third time in the match.
– I am grateful, it went well for me, but it was really a team effort today, says Adam.
Hungary took the lead three minutes later through Janos Kiss. Estonia’s goalkeeper Kevin Tamm, made a spectacular save, but Kiss hit the ball on half-volley from a close angle. The teams were even, but as Peter Pfneiszli scored 6-4, Estonia found new strength and scored three straight goals within five minutes. Jurisson, Taviste, and Pähn helped turn the score around to a 7-6 lead for Estonia. Right before the end of the third period, Estonia got a penalty shot, but the Hungarian goalkeeper blocked Kasenurm’s forehand. Instead Hungary equalized, despite being one man down, and the second period ended 7-7.
The first half of the third period offered several great scoring opportunities, but excellent goalkeeping and weak attacks kept the score at 7-7. Six minutes before the end, Hungary scored the leader 8-7. In a chaotic situation, Czaba Bondor found the goal from a close distance. The few, but oh, so loud, supporters cheered all the way to Hungary. After the leading goal, Hungary played smart and disciplined floorball, in the defence as well as in the long attacks, where they held on to the ball.
– I think we had controll most of the match, and we stayed focused, says Milan Adam, who was named player of the match.
Hungary won the B division bronze and ended up eleventh in the U19 wfc.
Photo: Fredric Berggren