A high-scoring game was opened up by a guick goal from Thomas Greilinger, who found the back of the net on a breakaway. Finland put in the equalizer shortly afterwards thanks to Mikko Palotie and went on to dominate the early part of a game. Pat Ahosilta finished his individual effort at 5:28 to swing the lead in Finland´s favor 2-1.
Markus Jokinen then scored 21 seconds into the second period with a close range rebound and Kari Lohtander made it 4-1 with an unstoppable slapshot. Thomas Greilinger pulled one back for Germany after 20 minutes of play, but Pat Ahosilta restored a three-goal advantage with a rebound of his own shot.
However, Germany started the last period strong with goals by Florian Engel, Henrik Holscher and Armin Wurm to tie the game back up. Finland was understandably shocked, but still managed to find an answer through Mikko Palotie´s breakaway and perfect finish. “We beat a very strong opponent, which is very valuable,” said Palotie.
Markus Jokinen then confirmed Finland’s second spot in Group B with an empty net goal leaving the Germans at the bottom without a single point. ”We played the game with great determination, but lost the points in the end. We were unlucky,” said a two-goal scorer Thomas Greilinger.