IIHF World Championship Division IB Croatia - Estonia 5-2 (2015-04-18)
Team Croatia starts with Mark Dekanich in goal. Team Estonia has Villem-Henrik Koitmaa between the pipes.
Estonina defenseman Silver kerna takes the first shot on goal; from the goaltender the puck slips into the corner. At the other side a scrimmage in the goalmouth. A sudden shot by Mislaw Blagus is gloved by Koitmaa. But who else than Baltic star Andrei Makrov is to open the scoring. He nets the puck at 6.23 for 0-1. Croatia pushes for the equalizer. But Ryan Kinasewich shoots over the cross bar. And a heavy shot by Mike Glumac is put aside by the goaltender with his stick. Underwhile is Marko Ljubic carried to the bench supported by teammates on either side. Marko's left leg is aching. All of a sudden a counter by the Baltic side. Artur Fedoruk carries the puck on left wing en beats the goalie to the near corner for 0-2 at 9.09. What a start for the pointless Estonians. A reason for Croatian coach Donald MacLean to ask for a Time Out. The joy for Makrov cum suis is shortlived. Defenseman Andy Sertich cruises behind the net. He passes backward to Ryan Kinasewich, who bounces the puck in the near corner for 1-2 (11.28). Matija Milicic has only to shovel the puck into the net, but he manages to lift the puck over the cross bar. At the other end Alexandr Kuznetsov deflects a shot twice but is also unsuccessful. Croatia has to watch dangerous Andrei Makrov closely. But by tripping him Kenny MacAuley draws penalty. And a real powerplay is presented by the Baltic side. Mark Dekanich needs all his goaltending ability to nullify Robert Rooba's onetimer. And Roman Andrejev's first shot is stopped just before trickling over the goalline. On his second shot Dekanich ably saves. The powerplay is over when Kevin Parras interferes on the goaltender.
After 14 seconds four on four Croatia has 1.46 on the powerplay. A tip in of Andy Sertich on a Nathan Perkovich shot is countered by the breast of Koitmaa. And a blast of Mike Glumac is gloved by Villem-Henrik. With both teams at full strength Mislaw Blagus skates behind the goal, passes to Nathan Perkovich onm right wing, who finds the nearby corner for the 2-2 equalizer at 23.52. From then on Croatia never looks back. They gear up the tempo of their game, but this doesn't lead to results immediately. But even when shorthanded they waylay the Estonian goal. Later Andy Sertich is the one to look for. He passes to Matija Milicic diagonally, who puts his team in front for the first time this match, 3-2 (39.08).
Sibirtsev outwits the defense, but not gaolie Mark Dekanich. Andrei makrov shoots over the cross bar. And that was it for the first ten minutes for Team Estonia. Croatia ruled. But in that time period Andrew Murray only hit the cross bar wqith one of his shots. He was more successful setting things up. From behind the goal he served Ryan Kinasewich. On the doorstep of the goalie Ryan scored the marker for 4-2 (49.18). And when Lauri Lahesalu was sent tot the penalty box for delaying the game Croatia had a match point. But nothing evolved. After the powerplay Andrei Makrov tried to beat Dekanich. The goaltender intercepted the puck ably. Estonian coach Jussi Tupamaki opted for a Time Out at 57.31. Netminder Koitmaa stayed on the players bench. A goal attempt by Team Croatia. The puck trickled just wide of the open net. Some time later Andrew Murray struggled past Filipp Shvarogin and scored an empty netter. 5-2 at 58.37. Koitmaa returned between the pipes and stayed there for the remainder of the encounter.
Forward Kevin Parras was elected best player for Team Estonia, while Ryan Kinasewich got the nod for the Croatian side.