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Resilient Germans Upend Czech Republic, Score Historic WJC Victory


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Einfach unglaublich!

Less than twenty-four hours after an already injury-plagued squad had gotten stomped by the tournament’s defending champion and were then stripped of its one legitimate star player on account of suspension, a very resilient GERMANY absolutely shocked the CZECH REPUBLIC 3-0 to register a historic as well as crucial victory in its last Group A round robin game at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships.

Trainer ERNST HOEFNER’s understrength side had just conceded eight goals (including six on the power play) while not scoring at all in a lopsided loss to the United States on Sunday. The Germans also lost center LEON DRAISAITL, a highly rated 18-year-old who currently skates in the Canadian junior system with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League and is widely expected to be one of the first ten players chosen at the upcoming 2014 National Hockey League Draft this summer, as a result of his checking-from-behind major penalty and subsequent ejection from that heavy defeat at the hands of the reigning gold medalists. In the meantime, the Czech Republic were soaring with confidence after knocking off traditional powerhouse Canada following a shootout on Saturday.

Somebody, without a doubt, simply forgot to tell Germany that they had no chance whatsoever against the Czechs …

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The trainer Hoefner, however, did get out a magic marker and write prominent messages such as “Disziplin” and “Schritt fuer Schritt” (step by step) for his players, who had already been belted by Canada (7-2) and Slovakia (9-2) at this year’s IIHF World Junior Championships prior to the American drubbing, all along the boards and on the plexiglass at the German team bench in the Malmo Isstadion prior to the team’s final Group A game.

Suitably informed, the German junior national team proceeded to clearly outskate their opponents from the Czech Republic over the first twenty minutes, as evidenced by the shots-on-goal statistic (14-8) that favored Deutschland. Still, plenty of people both at the Malmo Isstadion and all around the world watching on television were genuinely surprised when right wing FREDERIK TIFFELS, the 18-year-old who will play college hockey for Western Michigan University next season, backhanded a rebound home at close range to give Germany the 1-0 lead. Czech Republic goaltender MAREK LANGHAMER, the 19-year-old who plays in the Canadian junior system for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League and was picked by the Phoenix Coyotes in the seventh round (# 184 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, might have done better with the initial shot but the German cycling to set up the strike was certainly top notch stuff.

The Czechs began to get their offensive act together in earnest starting with the middle frame but would find Germany shot-stopper MARVIN CUEPPER to be in fine form. The undrafted 19-year-old who regularly tends the nets for the Shawinigan Cataractes in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League had surrendered an extremely unhealthy 13 goals over roughly 91 minutes of action (8.57 average, .735 save percentage) on his first two appearances at these 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships. But this Czech Republic match was destined to be a much different story for Cuepper, then.

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The Czech Republic had a fabulous opportunity to level terms in the second period when standout left wing RADEK FAKSA, the 19-year-old who skates in the Canadian junior system for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League and was chosen by in the first round (# 13 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Dallas Stars, found himself in clean on the breakaway. But Cuepper had other thoughts and this particular save proved itself to be pivotal moment of the entire contest. This because the Germans then added a second goal shortly thereafter.

The influential Tiffels laid a heavy hit on Czech Republic defenseman LIBOR SULAK of KLH Chomutov in the offensive zone and stole the puck behind the net before sending a pass into the slot for DOMINIK KAHUN. The 18-year-old forward who has been skating in the Canadian junior system for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League the past two years quickly whipped a wrist shot over the glove of Langhamer to double the Germans’ advantage less than five minutes before the second intermission. It was a third goal of this tournament for Kahun, who was, ironically enough, actually born in the Czech Republic, itself.

To compound the misery of Czech trainer MIROSLAV PREROST, the Germans also scored again even before the memorable second period had formally concluded. Once more it was the German offensive hero Tiffels, this time after a fine solo rush through the center ice zone and a devastating, if perhaps partially-screened, wrist shot from between the face-off circles. With the German goalkeeper Cuepper well on his way to making 40 saves without concession, there would be no way back for the white-shirted team on this particular day in Sweden.

The triumph was, indeed, a landmark event at the annual IIHF World Junior Championships. The Federal Republic of Germany lost all ten of the WJC games it contested with the former nation of Czechoslovakia prior to the breakup of the Eastern Bloc in the early 1990s. And the Czech Republic had also defeated Deutschland in all ten of the WJC matches prior to the tournament this year in Malmo.

Ach, wie schoen – was fuer ein ausgezeichnete Ergebnis!!!

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ZU NULL GESPIELT — Deutschland netminder MARVIN CUEPPER delivered an eye-opening forty saves and impressively turned in an accompanying clean sheet, as well, to become the very first Germany junior national team goaltender ever to defeat the accomplished Czech Republic at the annual IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships.
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December 30, 2013
2014 IIHF World Junior Championships – Group A
Malmo Isstadion – Attendance : 1,062

GERMANY 3 – CZECH REPUBLIC 0

14:25 … GER – F. Tiffels (Moser, Kahun)
35:24 … GER – Kahun (F. Tiffels)
37:51 … GER – F. Tiffels (Bender) – ppg

shots-on-goal : CZE 40 ( 8 + 13 + 19 ) – GER 34 ( 14 + 11 + 9 )

penalty minutes : CZE 12 – GER 8

referees : Papp (Canada) and Bjork (Sweden)

CZECH REPUBLIC : Langhamer – Knot, Sidlik ; Marcel, Kostalek ; Nemecek, Sulak – Faksa, Tomecek, Volek ; Pastrnak, Simon, Prochazka ; Kampf, Vrana, Kase ; Sedlacek, Zacha, Machac ; Zdrahal

GERMANY : Cuepper – Bender, D. Tiffels ; Saeftel, Moser ; Botzenhardt, Wagner ; Noske – Tuomie, Kahun, F. Tiffels ; Laub, Eisenschmid, Ziegler ; Kammerer, Neugebauer, Filin ; Klopper

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United States Routs Germany, Remains Perfect In WJC Round Robin


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A committed and relentless attack against an already undermanned opponent (who then saw its one legitimate star player ejected from the contest early in the second period) produced an eye-opening six power play goals (including a record-tying four in that second period, alone) as the defending gold medalist UNITED STATES wiped out GERMANY 8-0 in a Group A round robin contest at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships being held in Malmo, Sweden.

Center HUDSON FASCHING from the University of Minnesota, the 18-year-old freshman from Burnsville who was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (# 118 overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft this past summer, used a German defenseman as a screen to score his second goal of the tournament and get the American ball rolling nine minutes into the contest. NIC KERDILES, the exciting University of Wisconsin left wing who was the second round pick (# 36 overall) of the Anaheim Ducks at the 2012 NHL Draft, doubled the advantage for the United States by netting on the power play roughly three minutes later. The real turning point would arrive just ten seconds into second period, however.

Germany star center LEON DRAISAITL, a talented 18-year-old who currently plays in the Canadian junior system for the Prince Albert Raiders and is expected be one of the first ten players taken at the upcoming National Hockey League Draft this summer, smashed United States right wing ANDREW COPP from the University of Michigan into the end boards from behind and was issued the standard five-minute major and accompanying game misconduct penaltes. It certainly was a tough break for the Germany junior national team, who were already missing three injured regulars and had only dressed 17 skates for the match against the Americans to begin with. To make matters worse for German trainer ERNST HOEFNER’s troops, soon enough right wing SVEN ZIEGLER of FASS Berlin went to the penalty box for hooking to present the United States with a 5-on-3 power play opportunity that would certainly not be wasted.

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United States defenseman BRADY SKJEI (2) from the University of Minnesota, the homegrown sophomore from Lakeville who was tabbed in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers, keeps close watch as goaltender ANTHONY STOLARZ (29), the second round pick (# 45 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2012 NHL Draft who left the University of Nebraska – Omaha in the middle of last season and now tends the nets for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League in the Canadian junior system, controls a rebound with Germany right wing SVEN ZIEGLER of FASS Berlin (20) on the doorstep during the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships – Group A contest at the Malmo Isstadion in Scandinavia.
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University of Denver defenseman WILL BUTCHER and University of Notre Dame left wing VINCE HINOSTROZA both scored their second goals at this year’s IIHF World Junior Championships on the power play early in the second period to break the game wide open for the United States. American captain RILEY BARBER and MATT GRZELCYK, the Boston University defenseman who was nabbed in the third round (# 85 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins, also found the back of the net in the second period with the United States enjoying a power play situation to equal a record that was first set almost two decades ago. Ironically enough, it was Czechoslovakia (a sovereign nation which, of course, no longer exists) on that occasion who scored four power play goals in the second period against the United States at the 1988 IIHF World Junior Championships held in Moscow, which was, at that time, the capital city of the since-departed Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

United States defenseman STEVE SANTINI of Boston College, the 18-year-old freshman from Mahopac, New York, was was the second round choice (# 42 overall) of the New Jersey Devils at the 2013 NHL Draft seven months ago, compounded the Germans’ misery by tallying a sixth power play goal halfway through the final period. Hinostroza tacked on his second marker of the match and moved into a tie with Barber for the American team’s scoring leadership with three goals at this 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships. Grzelcyk, who also got his name on the scoresheet against Slovakia, now leads the United States with six points after three games at this tournament here in Sweden.

The United States will conclude its Group A round robin schedule on New Year’s Eve with a clash against their traditional rivals from north of the border, Canada. The always powerful Canadians, who have no fewer than twelve players who have been drafted in the first round by National Hockey League clubs on this year’s roster at the annual IIHF World Junior Championships, already have a blemish on their Group A record having lost to the Czech Republic after a shootout. To review, Canada were soundly defeated 5-1 by the United States in the semifinal round of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships twelve months ago in Ufa, Russia.

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United States left wing VINCE HINOSTROZA (13) from the University of Notre Dame, the 19-year-old freshman from Bartlett, Illinois, who was the sixth round choice (# 169 overall) of the Chicago Black Hawks at the 2012 NHL Draft and a late invitee to the American junior national team training camp this year, nets his second goal of the game against understrength Germany during the final frame of the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships – Group A round robin match at the Malmo Isstadion in Sweden.
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December 29, 2013
2014 IIHF World Junior Championships – Group A
Malmo Isstadion – Attendance : 651

UNITED STATES 8 – GERMANY 0

09:09 … USA – Fasching (Copp, Skjei)
11:56 … USA – Kerdiles (Hinostroza) – ppg
22:21 … USA – Butcher (Eichel, Erne) – ppg
23:27 … USA – Hinostroza (Copp, Carrick) – ppg
31:46 … USA – Barber (Grzelcyk, Stepan) – ppg
33:57 … USA – Grzelcyk (Barber, Hinostroza) – ppg
50:04 … USA – Santini (Grzelczyk, Kerdiles) – ppg
53:46 … USA – Hinostroza (Shore)

shots-on-goal : USA 53 (13 + 22 + 18) – GER 18 (6 + 4 + 5)

penalty minutes : GER 45 – USA 8

referees : Piccott (Canada) and Linde (Sweden)

UNITED STATES : Stolarz – Skjei, Carrick ; Butcher, Santini ; McCoshen, Grzelcyk ; Slavin – Kerdiles, Stepan, Barber ; Erne, Eichel, Hartman ; Matteau, Copp, Fasching ; Hinostroza, Shore, Di Pauli

GERMANY : Klein – Bender, D. Tiffels ; Saeftel, Moser ; Botzenhardt, Wagner – Tuomie, Draisaitl, Kahun ; Laub, Eisenschmid, F. Tiffels ; Kammerer, Filin, Ziegler ; Neugebauer, Klopper

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United States captain RILEY BARBER (11), the University of Miami (Ohio) sophomore right wing who was chosen by the Washington Capitals in the sixth round (# 167 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, is congratulated by teammates after scoring his third goal in as many matches at these 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships being hosted by the Swedish city of Malmo.

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