Heading into their fourth and final match of the 2014 World Junior Championship's preliminary round, Germany needed to reverse their trend of the first three games in which they surrendered copious amounts of goals to the opposition. And reverse it they did, as the Germans notched a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic to at least give themselves a shot at avoiding the relegation round.
The scoring hero for Germany was forward Frederik Tiffels, who scored two goals and added one assist in the win. Tiffels' linemate, Dominik Kahun, scored the other goal for the Germans.
Two players that went pointless for Germany but who were certainly a part of this surprising win were forward and team captain Markus Eisenschmid and defenseman Fabio Wagner. Eisenschmid, who plays for the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers, was strong in the faceoff dot, finishing +7 on the game for Germany. Wagner, a defender for EV Landshut of DEL2, didn't make the scoresheet but provided relatively steady play in the win.
Both Eisenschmid and Wagner spoke with Hockey's Future following the win over the Czechs, with some of their comments captured in this HF video.
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