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Czechia Captures 2018 WBHF Master’s Championship

2018 WBHF Men’s Masters Championship

image of wbhf ball hockey gameThe World Ball Hockey Federation (WBHF) Men’s Master’s 40+ Championships wrapped up this weekend in Usti Nad Labem, Czechia.

Through the round robin, the host Team Czechia showed they were the team to beat and were looking to keep the gold medal on home turf.  They finished up the round robin with a 4-1 record, their only loss coming in a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Team Canada.  Similarly, Team Canada finished their round robin at 4-1, their lone loss coming at the hands of Slovakia.  Rounding out the top 4, and also advancing to the playoff rounds were Slovakia (3-2) and Czechoslovakia (2-3).

Round Robin Scores

Date Home Score Away Score
June 3, 2018 Czechia 6 Slovakia 1
June 4, 2018 West Slovakia 2 Europe 4
  Czechoslovakia 3 Slovakia 4
  Czechia 5 Europe 1
June 5, 2018 West Slovakia 0 Czechoslovakia 8
  Europe 5 Slovakia 3
  Czechia 6 Czechoslovakia 0
June 6, 2018 Slovakia 9 West Slovakia 0
  Czechoslovakia 2 Canada 3
  West Slovakia 0 Czechia 18
  Canada 5 Europe 0
June 7, 2018 Canada 2 Slovakia 4
  Czechoslovakia 3 Europe 1
  Canada 3 Czechia 0
June 8, 2018 West Slovakia 1 Canada 5

 

Final Round Robin Standings

Team GP W L Pts GF GA +/-
Czechia 5 4 1 8 35 5 +30
Canada 5 4 1 8 18 7 +11
Slovakia 5 3 2 6 21 16 +5
Czechoslovakia 5 2 3 4 17 14 +3
Europe 5 2 3 4 11 18 -7
West Slovakia 5 0 5 0 3 52 -49

Playoff Round Results

image of team czechia ball hockey teamBased on the standings the semi finals were set and would see (1) Czechia taking on (4) Czechoslovakia and (2) Canada versus (3) Slovakia.

In the semis, Canada would get their redemption from the round robin with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Slovakia.  Meanwhile, Czechia cruised to a 7-2 win over Czechoslovakia, setting up a Czechia vs. Canada final the next day.

Prior to the Gold Medal game, Slovakia and Czechoslovakia would battle it out for the Bronze Medal.  In the medal round, Slovakia would defeat Czechoslovakia 4-2 to earn their first WBHF Master’s medal since 2016.

In the final, Czechia made a statement with a dominant performance, easily dispatching Team Canada 8-1.  The host nation truly ran away with this tournament and set the tone for expectations in 2019.  Congratulations to Team Czechia on winning the 2018 Men’s Master’s WBHF Championship!

Playoff Round Scores

Date Home Score Away Score  
June 8, 2018 Canada 3 Slovakia 2  
  Czechia 7 Czechoslovakia 2  
June 9, 2018 Czechoslovakia 2 Slovakia 4 Bronze Medal Game
  Czechia 8 Canada 1 Gold Medal Game

 

Stay tuned to Stick Skillz as we head to Moscow, Russia to catch the WBHF Men’s and Women’s 5-on-5 championships.  The tournament kicks off on Tuesday, June 12, and you can follow all the action with us; follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for scores and highlights.

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