Russia’s dominating performance largely revolved around the duo of Dmitry Azarov and Nikolay Yankun, who together accounted for 21 of 38 goals scored in the tournament. Dmitry Azarov netted 12 goals, while Nikolay Yankun notched up 9 goals.
50th ranked Bulgaria, who suffered demoralizing 0-11 defeats to Switzerland and Russia in their first two games, subsequently came out fighting winning their games against Croatia and higher ranked Turkey to take third spot behind 36th ranked Switzerland. 39th ranked Turkey finished last among five teams, remaining winless in the tournament.
It may be noted that teams with rankings higher than 20 compete in HWL Round One for the right to compete in Round Two events. The Round Two competitors have a ranking from 11 to 19 will earn the right to compete in Round Three – the level of competition at which the lower-ranked teams enter the contest.