The host nation won its third game of the tournament by defeating Sweden, 6-0, behind the hot hands of speedy forward Seung-Hwan Jung, who became the third player to register a hat-trick at the Gangneung Hockey Centre.
“Our entire team has been having a great attitude this tournament, so that’s helped us stay positive and score,” Jung said. “This Test Event is also a Test Event for our team. Our first goal at this event is to get any kind of medal, but our ultimate goal at the Paralympics next year is getting to that final game.”
Jong-Ho Jang, a member of the South Korean national team since 2006, opened up the game’s scoring 9:42 into the first period off a pass from Jung to get the early 1-0 lead.
Jung then put the home team up by two just five minutes into the second period – his first attempt was no good, but 10 seconds later he shot again and the puck flew right in. Defender Young-Sung Kim followed suit with his first goal of the tournament to extend the squad’s lead to three heading into the final frame.
Within three minutes of the third period starting, Jung scored again and Ju-Seung Lee notched his first point of the tournament with a goal. Two minutes later, Jung scored his team-leading fifth goal at these World Championships to complete the hat-trick.
Jaewoong Lee and Man-Gyun Yu split the duties in net for South Korea with four and two saves, respectively. Ulf Nilson and Andreas Neuman exchanged places for Sweden between the pipes with 21 and two saves, respectively.
South Korea now sits comfortably in third place in the standings with nine points over four games.