Germany’s bid at a quarter-final spot was dashed in their sixth game, dropping a 4-2 decision to the Czech Republic on Sunday.
It would be the Germans that would strike first blood. Seven minutes in, Daniel Pietta took a pass from in the neutral zone, using his speed to blow past the Czech defense before backhanding it over Ondrej Pavelec’s pad for the 1-0 goal.
After 13 minutes of play, the Czech’s battled back. Michal Vondrka was the goal scorer for the tournament hosts, tipping a Jakub Nakladal’s shot from the blue line to score the 1-1 goal. The puck also went off of German blueliner Patrick Koppchen, who, after six games, has tipped in four goals into his own net in the tournament alone.
The Germans surprisingly regained the lead at 3:50 of the second after their goalie, Timo Pielmeier, made a big stop on Jakub Voracek. Voracek would give the puck away to Tobias Rieder of Germany, who took the puck the other way on a 2-on-1. Rieder would find a way to get the puck past Czech defenseman Petr Caslava, finding Michael Wolf all alone in front for the 2-1 goal.
Just 2:08 after that, the Czech’s would once again tie the match back up. Petr Koukal would credit for that one, as the Jokerit playmaker would beat Pielmeier’s glove hand from the left faceoff dot. The goal helped set the tone for the remainder of the game, as Voracek’s five-hole goal an extra two minutes after that helped give his team the lead. The Germans would look for a late goal in the third, but a backhander by Jaromir Jagr gave the 43-year-old his fourth of the tournament while helping his team take the 4-2 victory.
With the win, the Czech’s have earned a spot in the quarter-finals set for Thursday. They’ll still have to play the Czech’s on Tuesday for their final game of the preliminary round, with the possibility of moving up in Group A still possible. For Germany, the team has no chance at moving on to the next round, with their final game set for tomorrow against Austria.
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