On April 22, Ukraine suffered a defeat in an opening day game against Hungary at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship Division 1A in Kyiv.
Team Ukraine made a strong start at Kyiv’s Palace of Sports when Serhiy Kuzmik scored the first goal on the 13th minute of the first period. However, the team was unable to prevent a Hungary comeback in the second and third period of the Group A contest.
Ukraine held the first period with the score standing at 1-1, while team’s forward Nikita Butsenko saw Ukraine move into a 3-2 lead.
Hungary’s Andrew Sarauer, Keegan Dansereau and Janos Hari helped their team to win 5-3.
Oleksandr Savitsky, Ukraine’s head coach, praised the team’s efforts after the game. “We did our best, the teams battled like soldiers, but we lacked patience which resulted in some mistakes.”
Watch the next Team Ukraine games in Kyiv’s Palace of Sports:
April 23rd 8:30 p.m. Ukraine vs. Poland
April 25th 8:30 p.m. Ukraine vs. Austria
April 26th 8:30 p.m. Ukraine vs. Kazakhstan
April 28th 8:30 p.m. Ukraine vs. South Korea