Game Day Preview. Poland vs. Romania 2019 D1B Men’s World Championships

Poland takes on Romania on Day 3 of action at the Division Group B World Championships. Other matchups are Netherlands vs. Ukraine (6:00 U.S. EST) and  Japan vs. Estonia (9:30 U.S. EST).

Time: 1:00 U.S. EST/ 7:00 CEST

Stream: IIHF Youtube Channel

Game Notes 

– In their lone exhibition matchup this year, Romania shutout Poland 2-0. It was Romania’s first win against Poland since 1980

– Pawel Dronia will be joining Poland’s lineup for the game. Dronia did not play in the first 2 games because his club team, Ravensburg Towerstars, was still in the DEL 2 playoffs. The Ravensburg Towerstars won the DEL 2 championship. This is Dronia’s 2nd DEL 2 championship.

– Damian Kapica’s 5 goals vs. Ukraine on Monday make him only the 38th player in Poland history to score 5 or more goals at any World Championships tournament and first since Tomasz Malasinski in 2015-16. He currently would be tied in 4th place for goals for with Japan and Ukraine.

– Damian Kapica is the first to score 5 goals in a game for Poland since 2004. Prior records are unavailable.

– Damian Kapica also had 2 assist in the first game, this gives him 7 total points. That is the most points a Polish player has had at the World Championship since 2013-14 when Leszek Laszkiewicz and Krzysztof Zapala each had 7 as well. The last time a player recorded more than 7 was Marcin Kolusz in 2012-13 when he had 8.

– Bartłomiej Neupauer had 4 points in two games at the World Championships. He had 4 points in 6 other international games this year. His 8 total points with the national team this year lead the team.

– Poland’s 3 youngest players; Bartlomiej Jeziorski, Alan Lyszczarczyk, and Mateusz Goscinski (LW/RW) are all 21. They also all have contributed offensively so far. Lyszczarczyk leads the way with 4 points, followed by Goscinski with 2 points, then Jeziorski with 1 point. 

– Romania comes into the game with two huge upsets. On day 1 they beat host Estonia 4-3 in a shootout. On day 2, they shocked Japan with a 3-2 win in regulation. They currently sit second in the standings with 5 points.

– Romania goalie, Patrik Polc, has stopped 61 out of the 66 shots he faced this tournament. That is the most among any goalie.

– Romania is currently perfect on the penalty kill not allowing a goal on 6 penalties.

Standings as of Day 2

  1. Poland 6 points
  2. Romania 5 points
  3. Estonia 4 points
  4. Japan 3 points
  5. Ukraine 0 points
  6. Netherlands 0 points

Ukraine currently holds the tiebreaker over Ukraine for 5th place.

Scoring Leaders as of Day 2

Top 5 Points

1. Damian Kapica (POL) 7 points

2. Alan Lyszczarczyk (POL) 4 points

2. Bartłomiej Neupauer (POL) 4 points

4. Andrei Markov (EST) 3 points

4. Filip Komorski 3 points

4. Robert Rooba 3 points

Goals Leader: Damian Kapica (POL) – 5

Assist Leader: Alan Lyszczarczyk/Marcin Kolusz (POL) – 3

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