South Korea became an unbeaten champion at the 2015 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships B-Pool, after 4-2 victory over Sweden on the final day of the tournament with four consecutive winnings.
As South Korean team won a gold medal, it will rebound to A-Pool in 2017, ahead of PyeongChang 2018. The 2015 World Championships B-Pool was held in Ostersund, Sweden between March 15 and 21, and featured South Korea, Sweden, Slovakia, Austria, Britain, Poland. The top two finishers will contest at the 2017 World Championships A-Pool.
The host nation of next Winter Paralympics also set the new record at the 2015 World B-Pool. It became the first team to score 15 goals in a single game at a World Championships A-Pool or B-Pool, after defeating Poland 15-0 on March 17.
South Korea’s key player Seung-Hwan Jung, renowned for the King of Speed, was named Best Forward at the Ostersund 2015 with 13 goals and 9 assists. He also made the new record of the most goals during a tournament in his sporting career.
“I scored more goals than I thought at this event. In reality, the number of goals is not as important as the team’s victory for me,” Jung humbly said.
No.14 Jung might be able to completely focus on attacking others’ goalposts, thanks to goaltender Man-Gyu Yu. Yu led all the goaltenders with 89.29% save percentage rate.
Meanwhile, Sweden’s bad memory of South Korea in Sochi continued in its home. It finished last at the 2014 Winter Paralympics, as losing to South Korea 2-0. Although Sweden ended 1-1 in the first period, it fell three goals down in the second period. The host nation stroke back to score one more goal in the third period, but it was not enough to overturn the result. Fortunately, Sweden that finished second was still granted for a promotion to A-Pool with South Korea in 2017.
Slovakia claimed bronze which is its first ever medal at the IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships.