The men’s national ice hockey team lost its first match of 2023 against Hungary.
The men’s national ice hockey team, led by coach Kim Woo-jae, played its first game in 2023. Kim Woo-jae, who departed for Bolzano, Italy on the 5th to participate in the Euro Ice Hockey Challenge held in Italy for the first time in 4 years since 2019, won the world ranking led by coach Kevin Constantine at 9:30 pm on the 9th (Korean time). They lost 1-4 against 20th placed Hungary. Director Constantine is a former director of Daemyung Killer Ways and is a person with ties to Korea.
The Korean national team, which is ranked 21st in the world linking, has a completely generational replacement team, consisting of Lee Chong-min of Tranas AF in the Swedish league, Hong Jeong-wook, who plans to attend Minnesota State University in the United States, and Jeon Jeong-woo of HL Anyang. However, against the most 메이저사이트elite Hungary, he played an inferior game with 33:19 in effective shots (SOG). Goalie Lee Yeon-seung (Anyang HL) blocked 33 shots on target and showed a high ERA of 87.88% shots on target, but conceded 1 goal in the 7th minute of the 1st period in a power play (PP) situation, conceding a total of 2 goals in the 1st period alone. , deprived of the flow of the game.
In the middle of the scoreless second period, in the 37th minute, Korean striker Lee Yun-seok (Korea University) helped defender Lee Seung-jae (Yonsei University) break through the Hungarian goal guarded by Bens Bales, scoring the first goal for the Korean national team.
The national team, which showed a good game until the second period, showed problems such as a decrease in physical strength in the third period, which entered the second half of the game. Istben Bartalis and Sanad Edeli conceded two more goals each, ending the game with a final score of 1-4.
The Korean national team delayed joining the national team as key players participated in the Asian League ahead of this game. As a result, the lack of practice in tactics and teamwork led to defeat. However, he also showed that he continuously tried strong pressure (for-check) through vigorous skating. In addition, while showing a good appearance in the attack transition, he showed the possibility of future development, such as producing single chances several times.
Coach Kim Woo-jae, who made his first international debut match, said, “I think that the players gathered for the first time in the local area, trained once and played a game, and it appeared in today’s game. There are still a lot of things that need to be refined tactically, but I think I can make up for a lot of what I lack through this tournament.
” I think it will be very helpful in preparing for the World Championships in March,” he said. “I think we have nothing to lose because we are still underdogs. Even if it is difficult in this game against the strong teams, we will develop and refine our hockey and encourage and nurture the players so that they can grow in it.”
The men’s national ice hockey team will play against Slovenia (ranked 19th), a traditional European powerhouse that has advanced to the top division of the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship at 9:30 pm on the 10th. Afterwards, the host country of the 2026 Winter Olympics and Italy (17th place), which belongs to the same group as Korea in the World Championships, will play at 1:00 am on the 12th.