COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey first-year Paulius Macijauskas (Kėdainiai, Lithuania/Rice Memorial Prep) will represent his native Lithuania at an international competition for the sixth time in his career when the Division II Group A International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) U20 World Championship begins on Monday in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Macijauskas previously wore Lithuania's colors at the 2015-16 and 2016-17 Division IIA U18 and U20 IIHF World Championships and the 2017-18 Division IIA U18 tournament, competing in total at five tournaments. He was named alternate captain for 2017-18 U18 team. In 15 contests at the U18 level, he had one goal and one assist while going plus-9 as a defenseman. In 10 outings with the U20 squad, he has no points but is plus-1.
Macijauskas and Lithuania will compete in the six-team Division II Group A tournament at Pramogu Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania. Each country plays a five-game round-robin schedule, as the field also includes Great Britain, Japan, Romania, Serbia and Spain. Estonia won last year's tournament over runner-up Lithuania, which went 3-2, with both losses coming in overtime. Lithuania won the crown as recently as December 2016.
Macijauskas, who has one assist while appearing as both a forward and defenseman in three games thus far this season for the Purple Knights, is the first active member of the team to play in an international tournament since current junior Noah Muller (Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Düsseldorfer EG) competed for The Netherlands at the same Division IIA U20 World Championship in December 2017.
Lithuania hits the ice on Monday at 7 p.m. local time (12 p.m. EST) against Spain to start the tournament. Find a complete schedule and more information here.
The Purple Knights have started the season 6-3-1 overall and 3-2 in the Northeast-10 Conference heading into a big weekend at Middlebury College's Holiday Classic. Saint Michael's takes on the host Panthers, who are receiving votes toward the latest U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) Division III national poll, on Friday at 4 p.m. One of the Purple and Gold's potential foes in Saturday's second round is Babson College, which is also receiving votes toward the USCHO national rankings.