Germany - Austria 6-3 (2-0, 1-0, 3-3)
Germany is back in the top division of the U20 World Championship after winning the deciding game against Austria, 6-3. The Germans won the gold medal and, more importantly, the spot at the 2009 championship in Ottawa thanks to a strong first-half.
It was a battle of the two undefeated teams in front of 3,065 in Bad Tolz. The Germans struck first, getting two quick goals from Patrick Hager at 8:55 and Adrian Albanese at 9:37. Frank Maurer and Thomas Oppenheimer h extended the lead to 4-0 with goals at the opening of the second and third periods. With the four-goal pad, the gold party seemed to begin.
But the Austrians objected. Martin Ulmer at 44:55 and Raphael Herburger at 48:06 chipped away at the lead with their back-to-back goals. But Germany was quick to respond. Constantin Braun restored the three-goal lead for the Germans at 52:57 and Michael Raffl restored the two-goal lead at 55:28. Better late than never, the party started for the hosts, one year after the relegation from the top division in Mora, Sweden.
Top Goaltender: Timo Pielmeir (GER)
Best Defenceman: Christopher Fischer (GER)
Best Forward: Michael Raffl (AUT)