U18: Germany earns fifth place

Shorthanded goal with 37 seconds left lifts Germans to 4-3 win.

22.04.2008
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Kazan  Russia

Florian Strobl scores the game-winning goal shorthanded in the last minute of the game. Photo: IIHF/HHoF/Pekka Mononen

Finland – Germany 3-4 (1-1, 0-2, 2-1)
KAZAN, Russia - Germany ended its U18 World Championship on a high note after earning a fifth-place finish with a 4-3 win over Finland. The finale was dramatic as the Germans squandered a 3-1 lead in the third period, only to comeback and net the game-winner while shorthanded with 37 seconds left in the game. Finland struck first, scoring at the midway mark of the first period. But after the Jere Sallinen goal, the game belonged to Germany, which put in three unanswered goals in the next two periods. Steve Hanusch got the German offense started with his goal coming in the last two seconds of the first period. Germany fed off the momentum and added another pair of goals in the second period, a power-play tally from Tom-Patric Kimmel and an even-strength goal from Toni Ritter. Despite Germany having the upper hand on the scoreboard, the Finns clearly had more chances, out-shooting the Germans more than three-to-one in the first 40 minutes and closing the game with a 51-20 shots advantage. Finland finally found its offensive touch in the third period as its special teams sparked to life, adding a shorthanded goal and a power-play tally to tie the game at three. Finland was in pole position late in the game after Germany was whistled for a penalty, but then Germany’s Florian Strobl shocked everyone in the arena with his shorthanded game-winner. Germany ends the championship in fifth place, while the Finns must settle for sixth.
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