Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Germany vs. Finland

Team Finland (1-0-1-0) sealed their first win of the tournament with a 4-0 shutout of Switzerland (1-0-0-1), earning second place in the Group A division, only one point behind Team USA. Finland looks for a second victory as they play host to Team Germany (0-0-1-1), who looks to break into the win column for the first time this year, after falling 2-1 in overtime to Slovakia on Dec. 27.

Germany starts today’s game with two tough losses against two solid opponents. The Germans were edged by Slovakia and Switzerland, but only lost by one goal in both games. Germany outshot Slovakia 48-39 but could not capitalize for the game-winning goal. Goaltending proved to be a problem in the game versus Switzerland. The Germans chose their goaltender with the most experience over momentum in net.  In the game against Switzerland, Philipp Grubauer and Team Germany surrendered four unanswered goals to the opposition. Grubauer was relieved by backup Niklas Treutle, whose stellar play helped give the Germans a comeback opportunity, but could not net a tying goal and fell 4-3. The Germans are looking to rebound and build off these tough losses with hopes of winning today and claiming a crucial three points.

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