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Germany Sneaks By Latvia In 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship

After sneaking by Kazakhstan in a shootout, Germany once again found itself on the winning end of a hard fought game between two teams. Latvia was coming off an upset over Finland in their opener and seeking to stay perfect in the preliminary round. However a costly penalty late in the third would prove to be  the deciding factor to seal Latvia’s fate.

The two teams came out exchanging goals both in the first and second. It stayed all knotted up at two a piece until in the 56th minute when Thomas Oppenheimer put Germany up 3-2 on a penalty shot. Oppenheimer once again became the hero for Germany as he too scored the crucial game-winning goal in shootout just 24 hours prior in the opening game against Kazakhstan.

With Germany’s two victories, they have picked up five points of a possible six. Latvia however sits with only three points and will be back on the hunt as they set their eyes on qualifying for a playoff spot. Now three days into the 2014 World Championship with upsets occurring on each day in a variety of ways only stresses just how important each game will be moving forward for both teams in this tournament.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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