DThe German national ice hockey team lost their championship lead to Finland at the World Cup in Slovakia. The two-time world champion celebrated on Friday evening with a 5-0 (0-0, 3: 0, 2: 0) against Great Britain the fourth victory in the fifth game and moved with 13 points on the team of the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB). Germany have the perfect record of 12 points ahead of their fifth Group A match on Saturday (16.15 / Sport1) in Kosice against Canada's NHL selection.
The Finns are as good as safe in the quarter-finals as well as in Group B Czech Republic. The six-time champion finished Italy 8-0 (1: 0, 4: 0, 3: 0) and have like the second-placed vice-world champion Switzerland twelve points. The Italians continue to wait for the first tournament goal after five games (0:38), but also have no point as co-climber Great Britain.
His low chance for the quarterfinals kept host Slovakia. The 2002 world champion defeated France 6: 3 (2: 0, 1: 2, 3: 1) and improved in the German group with six points in fifth place. A big step to relegation made in Group B in Bratislava Norway with a 5: 3 (1: 0, 1: 1, 3: 2) against the continued winless Austria.
Finland struggled for a long time against the British, only in the middle third with three hits the preliminary decision. Toni Rajala (21st), Atte Ohtamaa (26th), Joel Kiviranta (35th), Kristian Kuusela (58th) and Mikko Lehtonen (60th) were the scorers at the winner, the last German group opponent on Tuesday (12.15pm) is. For the Czechs met in their highest ever victory Michael Frolik and Dmitrij Jaskin twice.
A double strike from Erik Cernak (41) and Michal Cajkovsky (43.) at the beginning of the last third decided the game in favor of the Slovaks, who had lost 2: 3 against the German team on Wednesday. For Norway Christian Bull was the match winner with three goals.
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