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Germany upsets United States 2-1; Belarus stuns Finland 4-3

Germany upsets United States 2-1; Belarus stuns Finland 4-3

Marcel Muller scored 1:51 into overtime to give Germany a 2-1 victory over the United States in the World Junior Hockey Championship Group A opener on Tuesday.
In a Group B game, Belarus rallied from 2-1 down after two periods to edge Finland 4-3.
It was Germany's first championship win over the United States, although West Germany managed three wins, the last in 1981.
Germany's winner came after defenseman Christopher Fischer made a rush deep into the American zone and sent a short drop-pass for Muller to score through goalie Jeff Zatkoff's pads.
The Americans dominated early, but defenseman Christopher Giebe gave Germany a surprise lead with a power-play goal at 13:45. The puck took a weird bounce off Jim Fraser and Zatkoff had no chance on the deflection.
The U.S. team outshot Germany 15-3 in the second period and wasted at least six excellent scoring chances, including Jack Skille's shot in the post.
Peter Mueller leveled at 8:56 in the last period with a one-timer past the excellent _ but screened _ German goalie Sebastian Stefaniszyn.
The Americans outshot Germany 39-16.
This was the first top pool IIHF World under-20 game that went to overtime under the new three-point system. Germany got two points for the overtime win, while the United States got one point. Had no team scored in OT, the game would have been decided in a shootout.
At the nearby town of Mora, Belarus scored three straight goals in the third period to beat the favored Finns.
Yuriy Ilin, Sergei Kostitsyn (a shorthand goal) and Mikhail Stefanovich scored for Belarus.
Belarus took the lead at 6:45 in the first period on Mikhail Stefanovich's goal with the Finns two men short because of penalties.
Finland leveled with just three seconds left of the period on a power-play goal by Leo Komarov.
Mikko Lehtonen scored another power-play goal to take a 2-1 lead midway through the game.
With 33 seconds left, Lehtonen scored again with goalie Tuukka Rask pulled for a sixth attacker.
Finland outshot Belarus 35-17.


Updated : 2021-05-10 07:53 GMT+08:00