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Forum staff reports, Published April 15 2009

World U18 Hockey Roundup: Swiss score upset

All Germany needed was a victory over winless Switzerland to advance to the medal round of the World U18 Championship. The Swiss weren’t very accomodating.

Switzerland got two goals and an assist from Nino Niederreiter to set up an 8-3 win over the Germans at Moorhead Sports Center.

The Swiss had only scored three goals in their first three games entering their final game of pool play.

The Swiss victory put the Czech Republic in medal round as the third seed from Pool A.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, S, Niederreiter (Schappi), 16:00.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, S, Rossi (Engler), 23:03. 3, S, Bartschi, 23:31. 4, G, Bogner (Rieder), 24:13. 5, G, D. Steinhauer (El-Sayed), 32:03 (pp). 6, S, Niederreiter (Maret), 37:06. 7, S, Schappi (Bartschi, Loffel), 38:56 (pp).

THIRD PERIOD: 8, S, Mettler (Loffel, Niederreiter), 44:10 (pp). 9, S, Trutmann, 44:36. 10, G, Ohmann (Brandl), 53:28. 11, S, Haas, 54:09 (pp).

SAVES: S, Conz 13-9-17—39. G, L. Steinhauer 6-10-6—22.

Finland 7, Slovakia 0

Finland scored a 7-0 victory over Slovakia, and that coupled with the United States’ loss to Russia gave the Finns the the top spot in Pool B.

That means Finland will have a bye into Friday’s semifinals, and will face the winner of the Sweden-Russia quarterfinal.

The Finns were led by Toni Rajala’s two goals and two assists, giving him 11 points in his last two games.

Joni Ortio had to make just 11 saves for the shutout.

FIRST PERIOD: 1, F, Rajala (Pulkkinen, Granlund), :28. 2, F, Laaksonen (Karjalainen), 6:10. 3, F, Pulkkinen (Granlund, Rajala), 13:49.

SECOND PERIOD: 4, Mankinen (Virkkunen, Tallberg), 26:59. 5, F, Pakarinen (Karjalainen, Kivisto), 29:16.

THIRD PERIOD: 6, F, Rajala (Hyvarinen, Granlund), 42:27. 7, F, Aaltonen (Rajala, Pulkkinen), 49:30 (pp).

SAVES: S, Holly 12-20-6–38, Pek x-x-10–10. F, Ortio 4-6-1–11.