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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