It’s always good when you win your own hockey tournament, and a 5-2 victory over the 2013 champions from the United States was good enough to give Germany their fifth Deutschland Cup title in the past seven years.
The Germans were dominant right off the first faceoff during the final game, with Dominik Kahun, Patrick Hager and Phillip Gogulla all finding the back of the net in the opening period.
Tim Stapleton and Ryan Stoa would move score for the Americans in the second period to help bring the team closer to Germany’s lead, but David Wolf scored mid-way through the period to keep Germany’s lead intact heading into the third.
The Americans would try their best to tie things up in the third, but a last minute goal by Wolf meant that the hometown favourites would escape the game with a big 5-2 win to keep their own trophy home for another year.
The tournament proved to be successful for former NHLer Marco Sturm, who took over as the coach and general manager during the summer. For Sturm, it was the first challenge that the new bench boss had to face following his career as a player, with a focus on the World Championships and Olympic Qualifiers taking over for the next year.
With the loss, the Americans were still able to hold on for second place in the tournament, a position below their title win in 2013. Switzerland managed to outdo Slovakia for third place, finishing with four points ahead of the three the Slovaks were able to muster.
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