Germany 8 - Slovakia 5
GERMANY TAKES NINTH WITH WILD WIN OVER SLOVAKS
by Matthew Nicholson
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – Fans at the PCU Centre were treated to a good old-fashioned shootout on Mondayafternoon as Germany took home ninth place from the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with an 8-5 win overSlovakia.
It’s the third year in a row there has been at least a dozen goals scored in the ninth-place game –Atlantic beat Finland 9-6 in 2009, and the Czech Republic handled the Finns 7-5 last year.
The wide-open style was on display on a Slovak power play midway through the first period; all fiveplayers on the ice touched the puck in succession before Milan Kolena netted the first of his two goals onthe afternoon.
All in all, the game featured three lead changes and 13 goals by 10 different players – only Kolena andGermany’s Markus Eberhardt and John Koslowski made multiple appearances on the scoresheet.
It took Germany just 18 seconds to open the scoring off the stick of Frederik Tiffels, but goals fromKolena and Peter Hrehorcak made it a 2-1 game in favour of Slovakia after 20 minutes. Jan Blasko made it 3-1early in the second period, but goals 27 seconds apart from Sven Ziegler and Benjamin Zientek brought theGermans back to even.
Slovakia retook the lead thanks to Tomas Palecek, but again the Germans struck back with a pair of quickgoals, 32 seconds apart from Eberhardt and Koslowski, capping a wild period that saw six goals on 24shots.
Kolena, Eberhardt and Koslowski all added their second goals in the third period, with Marcel Kurthscoring the other German goal.
Both teams, neither of whom participated in the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, finished behind thepace they set into 2009, where the Germans placed sixth, and the Slovaks eighth.
|Game Number||21||Round||9th Place|
|Arena||PCU Centre||City, Country||Portage la Prairie, Man.|
|Month / Day / Year||01/03/2011||Time||03:00 PM CT|
00:18 GER 14 Frederik Tiffels (18 Marcel Kurth)
02:13 SVK 18 Peter Hrehorcak
12:35 SVK 20 Milan Kolena (7 Michal Valjent) PP
03:00 SVK 25 Jan Blasko (19 Tomas Palecek, 22 Andreas Strauch) PP
03:35 GER 20 Sven Ziegler (15 Markus Eberhardt, 17 John Koslowski)
04:02 GER 28 Benjamin Zientek
10:02 SVK 19 Tomas Palecek (11 Martin Chrkavy)
12:28 GER 17 John Koslowski (21 Kai Herpich, 3 Dominik Tiffels)
13:02 GER 15 Markus Eberhardt (7 Marius Wiederer)
00:41 GER 18 Marcel Kurth (14 Frederik Tiffels, 3 Dominik Tiffels)
05:55 GER 15 Markus Eberhardt (4 Thomas Schmid)
19:23 SVK 20 Milan Kolena (24 Richard Buri, 18 Peter Hrehorcak)
19:39 GER 17 John Koslowski (21 Kai Herpich, 3 Dominik Tiffels)
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Player of the Game|
|Germany||3 Dominik Tiffels|
|Slovakia||5 Patrik Luza|
|Lines People||Garrett Rank, Mathieu Binette|
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