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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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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