Helena Bighorns defenseman, Balasz Goz, capped off an early Holiday break in helping his Hungarian National U-20 Hockey team earn a bronze medal at the 2011 IIHF World DII-A Championships last week announced Bighorns President, Mike Butters announced earlier today.
Goz picked up a goal and an assist in the tournament held in Donetsk, Ukraine from December 12-18.
With his national teams 2-1-2 record, Hungary staved off relegation to the DIII international pool, while earning their country a bronze medal in the process.
In the Bronze medal game, Goz scored his team’s second goal en route to a 7-1 victory over Spain.
Goz, 19, hails from Miskolc, Hungary and joined the Bighorns this August. In 10 games with the Bighorns this season, Goz has 3 goals and 8 assists to go along with 10 penalty minutes and has accrued a +15 rating. 4 of his 8 assists have come on the power play.
GAME 1 – HUNGARY def. LITHUANIA 2-1
GAME 2 – UKRAINE def. HUNGARY 7-6 (OT) (GOZ, 1 Assist)
GAME 3 – HOLLAND def. HUNGARY 4-3
GAME 4 – HUNGARY def. KOREA 6-2 (GOZ, 1 GOAL)
BRONZE MEDAL GAME – HUNGARY 7 SPAIN 1
The IIHF World U-20 DII-A Championships feature teams from Lithuania, Ukraine, Spain, Netherlands, Korea, Spain and Hungary. Hungary is playing with hopes of qualifying for a bid for the Division 1 competition and also to avoid relegation to Div. III play next year.
Goz will return to the Bighorns lineup vs. Missoula on December 30th.
The next Bighorns Home Game is December 30 vs. the Missoula Maulers. Game time is 7:35 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the Helena Ice Arena or by logging onto www.helenabighorns.com.
-PRIDE & PASSION-