Heading into the contest, Norway had yet to win a game in their hopes of advancing past the relegation round, but they struggled massively and barely did much of substance. Germany, on the other hand, only took one victory, defeating the Czech Republic 3-0 after the Czech’s had taken down Canada just days earlier. It almost looked as though the Germans had the advantage coming into the game, however it would be the Norwegians who took a 1-0 lead in its best-of-three relegation series with the 3-0 victory.
The game didn’t strong for Norway. After being unable to convert on multiple power-play chances, Germany’s Sven Zigler had the best scoring chance for his team on a shorthanded breakaway, but Joachim Svendsen was there to make one of his 29 stops to keep the game scoreless. The game would see it’s first goal eventually during the second period when Martin Rønnild picked up a rebound in front of Marvin Cupper and put it past the German netminder for the 1-0 lead. Just over a minute later, they doubled their lead when Simen Nielsen sent a behind the back pass to Didrik Svendsen who scored a nice one in front of the net. Andreas Klavestad gave the Norweigans the 3-0 lead after ripping it past Cupper for the third goal his team recorded during the third period.
Germany’s captain and best player, Leon Draisaiti, was given his second major penalty of the tournament after high sticking Markus Søberg dangerously in the second period. They looked defeated at that point, putting no pressure on their opponents during the third period.
“We just weren’t disciplined enough,” said Germany’s Dominik Kahun. “We can’t win a game like this. In the first period we got too many penalties, in the second the same.”