Slovakia Onto Quarters, Germany Finishes At Worlds
Slovakia 5, France 4
Branko Radivojevic finished with three points, including the game-winning goal, as Slovakia clinched a spot in the tournament quarterfinals with a tightly-fought win over France, which made a surprising run in the tournament but will finish out of the playoff round while avoiding relegation.
Radivojevic took over in a tight-checking third, scoring twice, including his game-winner on the power play. A former member of the Coyotes, Flyers, and Wild, Radivojevic finished the preliminary round leading his team with four goals and tied with Andrej Sekera for the team lead with seven points.
Slovakia took control early, with Milan Bartovic beating French goaltender Cristobal Huet 2:36 into the game. Tomas Kopecky doubled the lead minutes later while both teams played 4-on-4 following penalties to Michal Sersen and Laurent Meuniers, but Yorick Treille replied just 21 seconds later. With five minutes remaining in a wide-open first period, Teddy da Costa scored to tie the game.
While the teams combined for 24 shots in a wild second, they could only muster one goal each, with Damien Fleury tying the game 3-3 with 39 seconds remaining in the period.
Kopecky finished the game with a goal on two shots and was a plus-2 on 16:28 of ice time.
Czech Republic 8, Germany 1
The Czechs secured their place in the tournament quarterfinals with a resounding win over a German team that lost its last two games of the tournament by a combined score of 20-5.
Petr Koukal scored twice for the Czech Republic, which momentarily appeared to be in tough against an upstart Germany squad. After Ales Hemsky opened the scoring just 1:58 into the game, Thomas Greilinger tied things up while Czech defenseman Tomas Mojzis was serving a holding penalty. But the game would get no closer for the Germans, who allowed seven unanswered goals, including four power-play markers and a shorthanded tally by David Krejci.
Czech goaltender Jakub Stepanek made 15 saves, including one on a penalty shot against Christoph Schubert, before being rested in order to give young Petr Mrazek some ice time. Mrazek, who was named top goaltender at the 2012 World Junior Championship, stopped both shots he faced.
Panthers forward Marcel Goc finished with a minus-2 on 19:21 of ice time while winning 43% of his draws (10-of-23).