While Latvian national men's ice hockey team are about to start 2015 IIHF ice hockey World Championship, the Latvian national under 18 (U18) ice hockey team has saved from relegation in 2015 Ice Hockey U18 World Championship for a second time in history. Previous time when Latvian U18 ice hockey team saved from relegation was in 2012 ice hockey U18 World Championship which isn't so long ago and it allows us to compare the common factors and the differences between these two ice hockey U18 World Championships (U18 Wch).
Team roster and statistics
With few differences in statistics these two tournaments looks exactly the same. While in 2012 ice hockey U18 WCh Latvian U18 ice hockey team lacked 2 goals in GF:GA difference in 2015 Latvian U18 ice hockey team lacked only one scored goal in overtime in game against Swiss U18 WCh.
If we ignore statistics and look at our oppononsts and how they played in the tournament, I'd say 2015 ice hockey U18 WCh is the best tournament in history for Latvian U18 ice hockey team. Maybe this isn't the most objective comparison, but this tells a lot, see by yourself, the preliminary round opponents ar highlighted.
Article title picture - LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND - APRIL 24: Latvia players look on after a 5-3 relegation round win over Germany at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. (Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
Title - 2015 Ice Hockey U18 World Championship picture -LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND - APRIL 24: Latvian players celebrate after a 5-3 relegation round win over Germany at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. (Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
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