There’s rebounding from a loss, and then there’s winning 6-0 to book your ticket to Edmonton with the world’s best, and that’s exactly what Team Germany did on Sunday morning in Ostrava.
Germany took an early 1-0 lead after 20 minutes with Dominik Bokk’s fifth goal of the tournament.
Perhaps fearing a repeat of Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Kazakhs, Germany found another gear in the second period and killed off four consecutive powerplays.
With special teams in the rearview mirror, Germany was able to once again roll their lines and take command of the game with four straight goals.
None other than Dominik Bokk — the German’s leading scorer in the tournament with six goals and two assists — made it a two-goal lead and opened the floodgates.
Bokk’s second of the game was the first of four goals in the span of just four minutes and fifteen seconds for the Germans.
Tim Fleischer, Lukas Reichel and Niklas Heinzinger added goals of their own, spanning the lead to five goals just past the halfway point of the game.
Eric Mik’s third-period goal put the cherry on top of a dominant performance from Team Germany to close out the tournament, while Hendrik Hane stopped all 27 shots to earn his second shutout over Kazakhstan.
On the final day of the tournament, Germany found themselves in a position that most pundits expected — fighting for a spot in next year’s tournament.
That’s not to say that the team underperformed. Despite playing in what was by far the tougher group, Germany refused to be an easy three points for their opponents and even managed an “upset” by knocking off the Czech Republic in preliminary action.
Thanks to the steady play of veterans Dominik Bokk, Justin Schütz and Moritz Seider, the Germans seemed to lack the nerves associated with the big stage.
Of course, the contributions of their young stars didn’t hurt. The trio of Tim Stützle, John-Jason Peterka and Lukas Reichel — all 17-years old — combined for 16 points in the tournament.
It’s probably fair to say that Team Germany will be a confident bunch when the 2021 World Juniors come to Alberta.
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Photo Credit: Deutscher Eishockey-Bund (Twitter)