With nothing more than bragging rights on the line for Sunday’s game between Canada and Germany, the hometown fans still came to support their team as Germany grabbed the 2014 Deutschland Cup title despite a 4-2 loss.
Germany came into the game with an undefeated record, having won its games against Switzerland and Slovakia. Canada, on the other hand, had lost their two prior games, including a last minute defeat at the hands of Switzerland on Saturday, so only pride was on the line.
Heading into the final ten minutes of the game, Germany and Canada were tied at two apiece. That would change with seven minutes to go, when longtime NHL journeyman Steven Reinprecht potted the go ahead goal on the power-play. Germany attempted to finish the perfect record by pulling their goalie in the final minute, but Brandon Buck’s empty netter sealed the deal.
The second place game between Slovakia and Switzerland had much more on the line. Adam Lapsansky gave the Slovaks the 1-0 lead near the end of the second period, forcing the Swiss to score in the third in order to take the silver. Unfortunately for the Slovaks that’s exactly what happened as goals from Lino Martschini and Samuel Walser less than a minute apart in the third sealed the deal for the men in red and white.
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