Norway’s 3-2 lead during the early part of the third wasn’t enough to take down the high flying Germans, who skated off the ice with a 4-3 victory.

Jørgen Katerud opened the scoring for Norway only four minutes into the contest when he shot it cleanly over the glove of Marvin Cupper for the 1-0 lead. Sven Ziegler got Germany on the board shortly after he sent a quick shot towards the Norweigan net, and while it was probably stoppable, goalie Joachim Svendsen wasn’t able to see past defenceman Mattias Nørstebø. German forward Leon Draisaitl, who is likely a first round draft choice in the NHL this year, finally scored his first goal of the tournament to give his team the lead during the first period. 

The second period would be all Norway. First, Simen Nielsen fired a perfect shot off the post and in to tie the game up at two apiece. After Lukas Laub checked Norwegian captain Erlend Lesund hard into the boards, Tim Robin Johnsgard scored for Norway on the ensuing five minute power-play to give his team the lead. Germany would tie the game back up when Markus Eisenschmid started off the period strong for his team, and Draisaitl’s winning goal capped off the comeback performance, beating Svendsen with another rocket over the glove.

“We talked about wanting to be disciplined and stick with our game plan and good things will come,” said Draisaitl, who had two goals for the victors. “We fought hard and tried to keep it easy.”

Germany’s victory makes the game on Sunday very important, as the loser will get relegated to Division 1A for next year while the winner will stick at the top for another year.

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About The Author

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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