Miura, Japan earns silver at IIHF World Championship

KAUNAS, Lithuainia — Yuki Miura has a medal at the IIHF World Championships to add to his hockey resume.

The forward for the Lakers spent the last week playing five games in Lithuania for his native Japan in Division I, Group B of the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships.

The Japanese team finished with 2 wins in regulation, plus 2 more in overtime, and one regulation loss.  This placed them in a tie for second place with Estonia; Japan won the tiebreaker due to the head-to-head win in the first game of the tournament.

Japan started out with a 3-2 overtime win over Estonia — a game that proved important later.  They followed it up with a 4-3 win over Croatia before falling 6-1 to host Lithuania.  A 3-2 overtime win over Romania was capped off by their strong showing in a 7-1 win against the Ukranians.

With a little help from Lithuania, who had already secured the gold prior to their 4-1 win over Estonia, the Japanese team clinched the silver.

In the scoring column, Miura finished tied for fifth on the team in scoring with 4 points (0-4—4).

In addition to his scoring, Miura also won 60% of the faceoffs he took — fifth best in the tourney and second best on his team (behind Nakajima Shogo).

The third-youngest player on the team, Miura also fared well in the plus/minus column, finishing +4, good for ninth overall and fifth on his team