In the 1st day of IIHF World Championship div IA Austria beat Korea 3:2 SO. That was a hard game for one of the favourite to promotion to the top division. Game winning goal was scored by Konstantin Komarek. – We had a few chances in the first period so we could easly score 2 or 3 goals. Just the puck didn’t bounce in – he told.
Did you underestimate Korea? Konstantin Komarek: – No, I don’t think we underestimate Korea. We knew they play fast hockey. They have a few Canadiens, few really good players too. We had a few chances in the first period so we could easly score 2 or 3 goals. Just the puck didn’t bounce in but we prove in 3rd period that we can score goals as well. Do you think Korea lost they power in the 3rd period? KK: – No, I don’t think so. I think we were a better team. We just kept going and we put the puck in the net.
Tomorrow next game with an Asian team. Japan would probably be even more dangerous opponent for you. KK: – Yes, Japan play quite similar to Korea. They are fast too. We just need to play good in defence for entire 60 minutes and try to avoid mistakes as today and we shall win. What do you need to improve? KK: – Just the defensive games. No mistakes in defence and in our zone – that’s how we lost two goals versus Korea – and just put the puck in the net. We had couple of good chances today and I hope tomorrow puck is going to bounce in.
One of the biggest Asian superstar ever Yuri Terao made a new step in the ladder of hockey world. Terao is one of the top young forwards in Japanese hockey. He was selected Best Forward at the 2013 IIHF U18 World Championship Division I Group B (11 points). After great U18 and U20 tournament he was noticed by New York Islanders scouts who invited Terao to attend in hockey development camp. He was one of three Asian players invited for this camp.
– I enjoyed participating in the camp a lot. It was my second year being invited to the camp. I didn’t have a chance to meet any really famous players, but had the opportunity to play with the Islanders high end draft picks. It was great playing with players of that caliber. The Islanders are a top notch organisation with a great coaching staff. I felt I really benefited from the experience. There were two other Asians at the camp. It was great getting to know them and I wish them the best in the future. Being from Asia, I hope all three of us can play at the top level – told Terao.
Now Terao didn’t come back to Japan. He continues his American dream in a new world. After participating in hockey minicamp camp in New York he got an offer from USHL’ team Waterloo Blackhawks and he started to live his American dream with a hope to reach the National Hockey League.
– This season I hope to play for Waterloo Blackhawks in the USHL. We are in the middle of tryout camp right now with the season ready to start on the 25th. I hope to have success at this level and continue to grow toward my dream. I hope to play in the NHL someday. In order to get to that dream I will have to climb the ladder and have success along the way. I don’t know if the Islanders will invite my back next season, but it would be a great honor and would love to continue to develop under their guidance and leadership, if at all possible I would love to play for them in the NHL – he finished.