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Denmark Stays In Top Division Despite Loss

by Ryan Boulding / Colorado Avalanche

SLOVENIA (1) VS. DENMARK (0)

Slovenia (1-0-0-6) picked up its first and only victory of the 2015 IIHF World Championship on Monday, defeating Denmark (1-0-1-5) 1-0 at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Ziga Pance scored the only goal of the game just 10 minutes into the contest, giving his team all it would need to win. Netminder Gasper Kroselj was perfect on the day, turning aside all 24 shots faced to end the tournament on a high note.

With the lowest point total and overall record in Group B, Slovenia has been relegated back to Division I for next year’s World Championship. The club will have to work it’s way back to the top level of the competition.

Denmark will remain in the current division thanks to a win over Norway (2-0-0-4) on Saturday.

Neither squad will play in the quarterfinal round, which takes place Thursday.

Colorado Avalanche defensive prospect Markus Lauridsen finished with one shot on goal through 11:23 of playing time.

Tuesday’s games mark the final day of preliminary play at the World Championship. Canada has the top spot locked up for Group A, but many teams, especially those in Group B, need to finish strong for favorable matchups in the first of the elimination rounds.

Canada faces Austria and Norway takes on Belarus at 4:15 a.m. MT, Tuesday, while Team USA squares off against Slovakia at 8:15 a.m. MT and the Czech Republic plays Switzerland at 12:15 a.m. MT.

NBCSN will broadcast the Americans' contest live.

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