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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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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