After defeating Finland 3-2 yesterday in their first game of the tournament, you had to expect Latva to come out on top against the weaker Germans, right? Well, that isn’t what happened, as another late goal from Thomas Oppenheimer gave his German teammates their first regulation victory to shoot them into second in the Group B standings after just two games.
If it wasn’t for Oppenheimer, Germany wouldn’t likely have had their first goal, either. After beating out both Latvian defenseman, Marcel Noebels managed to sweep in the rebound to give Germany their first lead of the contest only twelve minutes in. Georgijs Pujacs would tie the game up with two minutes remaining in the period when a scramble in front of the net resulted in a bouncing puck to go off of German defender Frank Hordler and past Phillip Grubauer for the goal.
Kaspars Daugavins would play a very poor game, and would eventually be at fault for a German goal 30 seconds into the middle frame. After getting called on a roughing penalty taken at the end of the first, Frank Mauer took advantage of Kristers Gudlevskis’ poor rebound control to take back their lead. The Latvians would fight back later in the period when Mikelis Redlihs scored on one of just two shots taken by the Olympic sweethearts during the second stanza. Gudlevskis, at the other end, would have a solid period, making 14 saves on 15 shots as he kept his team alive in a very disappointing period by the Latvians.
The third period would only see one goal, but it would be the heroics from Oppenheimer that would give Germany the eventual victory. After scoring the game winning shootout goal in the game against Kazakhstan yesterday, Oppenheimer would capitalize on a penalty shot with only five minutes remaining to snag the 3-2 victory to improve to 1-1-0-0 after two games.
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