With a 3-1 win over Norway in the third and deciding Relegation Round game, Germany will stick with the top division for the 2015 World Juniors while their Norwegian counterparts will get relegated to Division 1A.
The game started well for the victorious Germans. With just 14 seconds left in a close and exciting first period, Frederik Tiffels got Germany on the board first after putting a high shot past goaltender Joachim Svendsen for the 1-0 lead. Dominik Kahun gave Germany a 2-0 lead with another late goal at the end of the second period, effectively putting Norway on the backburner for the remainder of the game. A penalty filled third period resulted in a Patrik Klöpper five-hole marker at 3:43 of the third period to make it 3-0, only to have Magnus Fischer cut the deficit to 3-1 near the end of the period.
The loss was a tough one for the polar bear boys. After winning the first relegation round game 3-0, Norway looked like they had the second game in hand with a 3-2 victory heading into the third period. However, the Germans turned on the pressure, taking home the victory before putting on an impressive performance during the third and deciding game.
With Norway’s demotion, Denmark is set to take their place at the 2015 World Juniors in Toronto and Montreal. Norway has yet to stick in the top division for two years in a row since 2000 after spending every year since 1979 with the top dogs.
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