With their 5-2 win over Latvia, Team Germany accomplished their main goal of avoiding relegation at the 2013 World Junior Championship. The win allows the Germans to compete in the top WJC grouping again next year when the tournament is held in Sweden.
A key performer in the win over Latvia and through the entire tournament was forward Tobias Rieder. The Edmonton Oilers prospect scored the first goal of the game for Germany to even the score at one apiece, then assisted on Leon Draisaitl's two markers that helped seal the win. For the tournament, Rieder scored three goals and added two assists for the offense-starved Germans.
Rieder is appearing in his final U-20 tournament for his country, the fourth consecutive year he has represented Germany at a U-20 event. In 22 career U-20 games, Rieder scored 13 goals and added 13 assists for 26 points. Rieder also is in his third, and likely final, season with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL.
Rieder spoke with Hockey's Future following the win over Latvia.
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