Belarus has won the main trophy of the Christmas International Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the prize of the President. Belarus won 7:3 against Finland in the final.
Belarus are now ten-time champions of the tournament. 4 wins in 4 games.
The most devoted fans of the tournament might say "Deja Vu". The Belarus-Finland final took place in 2016, too. Back then Belarus was stronger 2:1.
Gennady Savilov, forward of the ice hockey team of the President of Belarus:
Finland are always a strong team. Regardless of the year, of the century, of the squad. This team always wants to claim gold.
The first period ended 2:0.
We are very happy that we got here, we hope to win
He knew Belarus would always be ahead. We all hope for a win.
People are dancing, music is playing, we see smiles on people's faces.
In the second, Belarus extended their lead to 5:1. Finally, in the last period, the game leveled 2:2, but the final score was 7:3 brought another gold to the Belarus President's team.
The Finns again take silver from Belarus. The top scorer of the tournament is the captain of the Finnish team Toni Makkiaho.
Toni Makkiaho, forward of Finland ice hockey team:
I last played in front of a 9,000-strong crowd exactly one year ago, here. This tournament for us is, first of all, the opportunity to meet with old friends and rivals. This is why we come here.
The best players of the tournament were the United Arab Emirates goaltender Alexander Petrov (the UAE, by the way, won the bronze in the third-place match against Slovaks 4:3), the best defenseman was Alexander Makritsky and striker Andrei Astashevich.
Andrei Astashevich, forward of Belarus ice hockey team:
I would like the tournament to expand its geography, because it is a boost for the development of ice hockey in some countries. Take the same Balkan countries.