IIHF Press Release
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Germany came away with two very important points for the upcoming relegation round after skating to a 5-1 win against Belarus in Group A action.
With both teams headed to the relegation round, the game was significant for the squads as the winner carries the points with them to the relegation round.
Germany showed their motivation for the win early, going ahead 1-0 just 1:01 into the game after Elia Ostwald scored. Exactly 13 minutes later Thomas Weiszdorn doubled the lead with the second even-strength goal of the game.
Within the first three minutes of the second period, the German lead was doubled again with two goals coming a mere 29 seconds apart. Both goals were highlight-reel worthy as Patrick Hager took the puck end to end for the 3-0 lead. Korbinian Holzer followed up, showing some fancy moves in front of the crease for the power-play goal and 4-0 lead.
Midway through the second period Belarus’ Aliaksandr Karatkevich cut into the lead, but the goal was little threat to the surging Germans. One last goal with 6:17 left in the game from Constantin Braun sealed the 5-1 win.
It wasn’t pretty, but Finland sealed its place in the playoff round after earning a 2-1 win against Norway in Group B action.
Finland, which has jumped out to quick leads only to have the offense stall in the second half of the game, stayed true to form in today’s game. Jani Savolainen scored the first Finnish goal 9:04 into the game. The Finns clung to the slim 1-0 margin for the next 48 minutes until Norway’s Mats Weberg issued a major wake-up call, tying the game at one with just over three minutes left in the game.
It looked like the tie would stick until with 1:36 left in the game Ilkka Heikkila scored the game-winner.
The win gives the Finns a 3-0-0 record in A Group and their first trip to the playoff round since 2003. Next up on Finland’s agenda will be earning the top spot in the preliminary round group, which will be decided after their game against Canada tomorrow. Norway is bound for the relegation round and will not carry any points after going 0-0-4 in the B Group.