Photo: Sudbury Wolves forward Dominik Kahun will be a key performer in Germany’s relegation round series against Norway at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Terry Wilson / OHL Images)
With the preliminary round now in the books, eight of the 10 teams taking part in the 2014 World Junior Championship can look forward to battling it out for medals beginning with the four quarterfinals matches on Thursday. But the other two teams on the outside looking in, Germany and Norway, are in the more precarious position of having to qualify for next year's top level of the WJC.
Photo: EV Landshut defenseman is competing in his first U20 World Junior Championship for Germany (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
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.
Photo: Shawinigan Cataractes goaltender Marvin Cupper is a veteran of Germany’s World Junior team, having played in the U18 version twice, and now appearing in his second U20 WJC with his participation at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Germany headed into their Monday match-up with the Czech Republic with three lopsided losses to show for their 2014 World Junior Championship efforts to date. Added to that, they were entering the contest without their best player, Leon Draisaitl, who was suspended for one game.
Photo: The host country for the 2014 World Junior Championship, Sweden, has performed well so far at this WJC, going undefeated in three games including a 5-3 win over Switzerland on opening night (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
It has been an interesting 2014 World Junior Championship so far, with one major upset plus a fair amont of offense being generated, albeit with a couple of teams proving to be far more generous than most of the field competing in Malmo, Sweden.
Photo: London Knights defenseman and 2014 prospect Tim Bender will be one of the main defenders competing for Germany at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, proved to be of incredible value to Team Germany. Despite several preliminary round losses of a clear nature, namely to Canada (9-3), the USA (8-0) and Russia (7-0), the team managed to gain a critical point in a 2-1 OT loss to Slovakia and then managed to defeat Latvia (5-2) in a do-or-die relegation game. With that, Germany had maintained the class and is participating in this year’s WJC in Malmo, Sweden.