Day 2 at the EuroHockey Indoor Championship II, Bern

Posted On 19th January 2014

Day 2 saw a lot more action from Bern, as well as some amazing crowds.Ukraine, Denmark, Switzerland and France won their morning games to complete the Pool A and B rounds of the competition, with all four advancing to the Promotion Pool C. Denmark were the surprise of the morning with a 4:5 victory over Belgium, Tobias Grand (DK) with the first of his two hat-tricks for the day.
Scotland, Slovakia, Belgium and Belarus had to settle for the relegation pool. Belgium and Scotland were the surprise addition to this pool, both losing by aftertime goals.
The standard of the afternoon games was a step -up from yesterday and this morning as teams settled into the venue and the new 5s format. Slovakia broke their losing streak with a 4:2 win over Belarus, who are now the only team without a point in the tournament. Belgium were torn apart by Scotland, who had the Midas touch netting 8 with just 1 in reply.
The game of the day was between France and Denmark. Both teams led, both missed chances, defense came second to high quality attack, and for the neutral spectator a stunning 6:6 draw seemed fair to both teams.
In the final match of the day between Ukraine and hosts Switzerland would have been fairly unexciting but for the DJ and over 1000 fans in the hall. Controversy over a Ukraine goal on the final hooter to even the scores at 3:3 was greeted with mass boos from the crowd. No video referrals in this competition! On balance it was a fair result that will suit Ukraine more than Switzerland going into the final day.
Heading into the final day, the promotion pool has Ukraine 1st (4pts), France 2nd (2pts), Switzerland 3rd (2pts) and Denmark 4th (1pt). In the relegation pool, Scotland 5th (6pts), Slovakia 6th (3pts), Belgium 7th (3pts) and Belarus 8th (0pts)
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