Slovenia secured its spot in the top division for another season after dominating Brazil 15-0 in the qualification game at the 2004 IIHF World InLine Hockey Championship.
The win means Brazil will return to the Division I championship and will meet Belgium in its quarterfinal game. Meanwhile, Slovenia must contend with defending champion, Finland, in its quarterfinal match-up.
Brazil was out-matched from top to bottom in the game as Slovenia piled on the goals in the first half of the game and never looked back. Within the first nine minutes, Slovenia held a 4-0 lead, as four different players scored.
Slovenia got another quick six goals in the second quarter to turn the game into a blow out before halftime. Brazil didnít help its cause, spending much of the period in the penalty box. As a result, Slovenia netted two power-play goals, along with its other four goals in the 12-minute span.
Brazil hoped to change its luck in the final minute of the half, changing goaltenders from Thiago Araujo to Rodrigo Santos. The change didnít alter the Brazilians luck, but it stopped the bleeding a bit. Slovenia put in another five goals in the second half, including three in the third quarter and two in the fourth.
In all, two Slovenia players, Rok Badvaz and Jure Vnuk finished the game with a hat trick each, while eight other players scored at least once.