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

Poland takes on Estonia on Day 4 of action at the Division Group B World Championships. Other matchups are Japan vs. Netherlands (6:00 U.S. EST) and Ukraine vs. Romania (9:30 U.S. EST).

Time: 1:00 U.S. EST/ 7:00 CEST

Stream: IIHF Youtube Channel

Game Notes 

– Poland and Estonia have not faced off at the World Championships since 2013 when both teams were in Ukraine for the Division 1 Group B tournament. Poland won 5-3.

– Pawel Dronia made an instant impact on the score sheet in his first game with 2 assists. He also took a crucial penalty late in Overtime, which Romania would score the game-winning goal on. In an interview with, he called it his worst performance with the national team.

– Damian Kapica scored his 6th goal of the tournament. He is only the 15th player in Poland history to score 6 or more goals in single World Championship. He is the first since Damian Slabon scored 6 in 2002-2003.

– Damian Kapica now has 8 points at the tournament. He is the first player to have 8 or more points since Pawel Dronia and Marcin Kolusz both had 8 in 2012-13

– Estonia comes into this game after a 5-2 defeat to Japan. They lost in overtime to start the tournament vs. Romania. They won their second game 4-1 against the Netherlands.

– Estonia goaltender, Villem-Henrik Koitmaa, ranks second in the tournament in save percentage with .907%.

Standings as of Day 2

  1. Romania 7 points
  2. Poland 7 points
  3. Japan 6 points
  4. Estonia 4 points
  5. Ukraine 3 points
  6. Netherlands 0 points

Romania currently holds the tiebreaker over Poland, after beating them in overtime 3-2.

Scoring Leaders as of Day 2

Top 5 Points

1. Damian Kapica (POL) 8 points

2. Andri Mikhnov (UKR) 7 points

3. Vitali Lyalka (UKR) 6 points

4. Bartłomiej Neupauer (POL) 5 points

5. Alan Lyszczarczyk (POL) 4 points

5. Andrei Markov (EST) 4 points

Goals Leader: Damian Kapica (POL) – 6

Assist Leader: Andri Mikhnov (UKR) – 3

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