Austria, Slovenia Promoted to Top Division in 2013
/ New York Islanders
Austria and Slovenia will be promoted to the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland, after securing the top-two spots at the ongoing Division I Group A in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The two teams that will be promoted are already known on the second-last day after Austria’s 7-2 victory against Hungary on Thursday evening. Slovenia followed with a 3-2 win against Ukraine to take first position in the standings prior to the last day.
The Hungarians have one more game left on Saturday against Great Britain, but with six points on their accounts they can’t overtake Austria (10) and Slovenia (12) anymore.
It will be a quick return for both the host nation and Austria. Both teams were relegated at the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia in a tight and dramatic relegation-round battle that also involved Belarus and Latvia.
Austria and Slovenia will face each other on Saturday night for the gold medal game of the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A.