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Giebe's Dream Continues as Germany upsets Slovakia

LEKSAND - Germany's top line left it to the grinders to upset the U.S. on opening day, but they assumed full responsibility 24 hours later against Slovakia. The line with Philip Gogulla, Christoph Gawlik and Felix Schutz was behind all goals when Germany scored another upset by also beating Slovakia, 4-2. Schutz had one goal and two assists, Gawlik recorded 1+1 while Gogulla added one helper as the Germans find themselves unbeaten after two games, with five out of possible six points. Germany took a 2-0-lead in the first period, the Slovaks came back to tie it all up with two PP-tallies, before a pair of third-period goals again provided the Germans with a two-goal advantage that they managed to hold on to. German goaltender Sebastian Stefaniszin was again excellent stopping 29 shots as Slovakia outshot Germany 31-17. Underdog Germany is now in a very good position to reach the quarterfinals - a longshot before the tournament.
 

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USA Hockey's NTDP Wraps Up Successful Toy Drive

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., wrapped up its second annual Toys for Tots Drive today, totaling more than 1,000 toys and over $1,000 in cash for underprivileged youth in the Ann Arbor area.

"It's great for our players and staff to have the opportunity to give back to the Ann Arbor community that has supported us during the past 10 years." said Patrick Foley (Milton, Mass.) an assistant coach at the NTDP and the coordinator of Team USA's Toys for Tots effort. "We are very thankful for all of those who donated this holiday season to help make our drive a success again. The support from the Ann Arbor Ice Cube patrons, our local business partners and the billet and players' families was amazing. "

In conjunction with the Toys for Tots drive, USA Hockey is hosting the 2007 Toys for Tots Under-17 Four Nations Hockey Tournament at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. The event, which runs from Dec. 29-Jan. 2, features the top players under 17 years of age from the United States, Sweden, Finland and Germany.

NOTES: This year's Toys for Tots Drive marks the second-consecutive year the NTDP has collected more than 1,000 toys for needy children ... Representatives from the United States Marine Corps will present Best Player of the Game awards during the Toys for Tots Tournament.

ABOUT THE NTDP

Founded in 1996, USA Hockey's National Team Development Program was created to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and success in their future hockey careers. Its efforts focus not only on high-caliber participation on the ice, but creating well-rounded individuals off the ice. Located in Ann Arbor, Mich., the 46 players in the program are split into two squads - the U.S. National Under-18 and Under-17 Teams. In the eight years NTDP players have been eligible for the draft, 124 players have been selected, including the number one overall selection in both 2000 (Rick DiPietro) and 2006 (Erik Johnson).

ABOUT TOYS FOR TOTS

Toys for Tots is a well-known community outreach program created and designed by the United States Marine Corps to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.
 
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