After a gap of several years, Hungary has returned to the global elite

Saturday, May 13, 2023 – 6:19 PM

The Hungarian national ice hockey team last played in the main group of the World Ice Hockey Championship in 2016, so in 2022, with a second place in the Class 1/A tournament, they once again secured their place among the best in the world.


Hungary won promotion to the main group of the World Championships as they finished second in Group 1/A of 7 teams (later reduced to 5 teams due to withdrawals) that was organized in May last year, behind Slovenia. Thanks to this, we can support Hungarian players among the greatest for the third time in 15 years. Prior to the World Cup, they played several preparation matches, the last time they clashed with one of the elite teams at the World Cup in Budapest in front of more than 14,000 spectators at MVM Dóm, where they lost 2:5 against the Canadian national team despite a decent performance.

Hungary played its first match against Denmark in this year’s World Cup. The last time the two teams met at the World Cup was in 2009, when Denmark won the match 5:1.

The Danes had a better start to the first half and Bence Blaise had several things to defend in the first five minutes. The first serious Hungarian chance had to wait until the 5th minute, but Dechoux easily saved it. In the stadium, the cheers of the Hungarian fans can be heard, which gives the match a great atmosphere. The first serious chance for the Hungarian national team came in the eighth minute, when there were a lot of players on the ice from the opponent’s side. The two-minute man advantage was brought down by Sofrons without a serious tackle, so the score remained scoreless. In the 11th minute of the match, Gallo was sent to the bench for two minutes for fouls. The Hungarian national team defended itself against the man’s fault thanks to Belize’s many heroic saves. Master Konstantine’s students found themselves at another man’s disadvantage when, after a Danish attack, Bartalis was seen as fouled in front of goal, and received a two-minute penalty for hanging with a stick. The Danes played their advantage well, Blaise could only shoot the ball towards goal, so the free ball went to Jensen for Ehlser Pass by the person who has turned the situation into a goal. the job 0:1.

In the last minute of the first third, a Hungarian attack that started promising ended in a Hungarian exhibition again, Erdély was sent off for a tackle. Nothing shows the fighting spirit of the Danish national team better than the fact that they fired 17 shots into the Belize goal, while Harry only threatened the Danish goalkeeper twice.

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The Hungarian national team was more active in the middle part of the game, they picked up the pace. In the third minute of the game, Stipsicz gained the second-man advantage, and Russel was sent to a forced rest for hanging with a stick. In the 27th minute of the match, he had another chance to score, this time Lassen was sent into the penalty area for hanging with a stick. The Sofrons play the man advantage well, they managed to threaten the Danish goal several times, but chances remained uncapped this time as well. We didn’t have to wait long for another foul, Szabó was sent off for playing with a high stick on the Hungarian side. once again Ahlers Najah, who received a superb pass from Lauridsen and shot defenselessly into the bottom corner of the goal from Circles. the job 0:2.

After a Hungarian attack, according to the judges, Nagy fouled the Danish goalkeeper, for this he was awarded a two-minute penalty. Towards the end of the third period, the Hungarian momentum waned, and the players looked tired, having to go into a defensive third for a longer period of time. In the last minute of the second period, a bad exhibition took place, Lauridsen was sent to the bench for holding an opponent, and Sofron for unsportsmanlike behaviour.

The rest was good for the Hungarian players, they started actively again, they created many chances at the beginning of the last third, but no goals were scored. In the continuation of the game, the pace of the game slowed down a bit, and Szabo’s cross came out almost out of nowhere, finding Bartalis in the attacking blue, who was waiting in the left corner of the goal. Lovron He passes, who relentlessly shoots into the net, like this 1:2The result of the match changes to.

The goal was good for the game, and the Hungarians returned to the game in the middle of the final third, and they managed to establish themselves in the attacking third position for a long time. In the 52nd minute of the match, as a result of a quick counterattack Paulsen Successful, he fires the puck into the long corner, again For two goals Increase the Danish advantage.

Lassen was sent off for a foul on Kiss in the 54th minute, but the man advantage remained untapped. With a minute and a half left in the match, Belize let go of his goal, leaving the Hungarian national team with 6 players out on the ice. After the match whistle, the Danish national team was happy with the final result.

On May 14, the Hungarians will have a difficult match, in which they will meet the US national team at 11:20 am.

the group

Hungary – Denmark 1: 3 (0:1, 0:1, 1:1)

scorers: Sofron 47. (Szabó, Bartalis) or Ehlers 16 (Jensen, Russell), Ehlers 30 (Lauridsen, Jensen), Paulsen 52nd (Lassen, Storm)

Championship standings here can be followed.

Opening photo:

Video: Twitter – IIHF

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