Belarus, Austria Save A Pool Spots
May. 11, 1999
LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) _ Belarus and Austria secured their place in next year's A pool of the World Hockey Championships, finishing in the top two places of the relegation round.
Valdzimir Tsyplakov scored the winning goal to lead Belarus over Latvia 2-1 Tuesday night for first place in the relegation round. The Latvians finished ninth overall.
Austria beat Norway 3-0 to finish second in the qualification group and 10th overall.
Vasily Pankov opened the scoring for Belarus in the first period with a power-play goal at 13:35, and Tsyplakov made it 2-0 at 12:53 of the second.
Aigars Cipruss scored against Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Arturs Irbe at 15:27 of the third.
Dominic Lavoie, Norm Krumpschmid and Matthias Trattnig scored for Austria.
In Wednesday's semifinals, Sweden plays Finland and the Czech Republic plays Canada.