No Need For NHlers, Denmark shows it has depth with Victory
- Denmark showed the depth of their hockey roots by sending their predominantly Metal Ligaen squad to Goyang. Kristoffer Lauridsen tied for the tournament scoring lead with 4 points and Matthias Asperup tied for most goals (3).
- Hungary and Japan sent very young teams, 21.9 and 21.8 years of age respectively. Japan is saving veteran players for the Asian Winter Games which it is hosting in Sapporo from 2/19-2/26.
- The Hungarians were by far the most physical team in the tournament, engaging in the roughest game of the tourney with host Korea.
- The series main event was the sold out final match between Korea and Japan. It was a pleasant surprise to see defenseman Bryan Young play his first game in three months after suffering a concussion. Young didn’t look like he missed a step by crushing an opponent along the boards in the first period.
- The veteran heavy Korean team dominated the first two periods and outshot Japan 29-8. Eric Regan and Mike Swift scored powerplay goals in the second, and Onoda Takuto, last season’s Asia League rookie of the year, made many amazing saves to keep the score close. In the third Kim Won-Jun scored Korea’s third goal on a weak shot using the defender as a screen. Japan showed some pushback and gave Korea’s goalie, Matt Dalton, some work as both teams traded 11 shots in the final frame. Dalton earned his fourth international shutout.
|Korea 3||Japan 0||11.02.2017||3 – 0||Final|
|Denmark 5||Hungary 1||11.02.2017||5 – 1||Final|
|Korea 2||Hungary 5||10.02.2017||2 – 5||Final|
|Japan 1||Denmark 6||10.02.2017||1 – 6||Final|
|Korea 4||Denmark 2||09.02.2017||4 – 2||Final|
|Hungary 2||Japan 1||09.02.2017||2 – 1||Final|