Romania’s ice hockey team Wednesday won its 3rd consecutive match in the tournament in Tallin, counting towards the World Championship’s 3rd tier. The Romanian players defeated Poland, 3-2 in overtime. Romania was in the lead 2-0, but the Polish athletes made a comeback and overtime was needed to settle the match. In overtime, the Ukrainian-born Pavlo Borisenko scored for Romania. In the previous games, the Romanian squad outplayed Estonia, 4-3, after overtime and shootouts, and then they defeated Japan, 3-2.
Wednesday also saw a long-lasting derby in Romanian men’s volleyball, between the Bucharest clubs Steaua and Dinamo. Steaua won, 3-1. But the 2 teams are far from competing for the national title at present. In the A1 Division standings, Arcada Galati are top of the tables with 68 points, followed by Volei Municipal Zalau with 66 points, and SCM U Craiova with 61 points. Dinamo is 15 points behind the Craiova team. CSM Bucharest comes 5th with 45 points, and Steaua only 6th, with 32 points.
In women’s volleyball, the top-ranking teams in A1 Division won their respective matches. Volei Alba Blaj defeated CSM Targoviste 3-0, and CSM Bucharest beat Dinamo at the same score. Topping the charts are Alba Blaj and CSM with 60 points each, but the team from Blaj is one match behind.
We move on to news from men’s basketball now. U-BT Cluj have qualified in the semi-finals of the National League, after defeating Steaua Bucharest with an aggregate 3-0 in the quarter-finals. The Cluj club won on Wednesday away from home, after they had also won the first 2 legs, at home, 72-64 and 71-68 respectively.