Major upset: Germany stuns Czechs 2-0
By Jenny Wiedeke
MYTISCHI--Forget about just being happy to avoid the Relegation Round. Thursday night, the Germans looked like a team on a mission to make it to the quarter-finals as they stunned Group B winner Czech Republic 2-0 in the opening Qualifying Round game for both sides.
For the newly promoted Germans, the win was another big step in restoring confidence to the national team, which hadn't played in a Qualifying Round game since the 2004 IIHF World Championship.
It was the first major setback that a top team has suffered at this year's championship. The Czechs had a shocking power outage after scoring 18 goals in their first three games in Moscow.
When Germany's Michael Hackert scored with 10 seconds left in the first period, few thought that the goal would stand as the eventual game-winner. Hackert tipped in a shot from Michael Bakos on the second German power play of the game for a 1-0 lead. The goal went to video review, and was allowed to stand after it was determined that it was a clean tip-in.
Michael Wolf sealed the victory with 1:41 left in the game, giving the Germans their first win over the Czechs at an IIHF World Championship since Moscow 1986. Ironically, that previous upset involved two now-defunct nations, with West Germany defeating Czechoslovakia 4-3 on April 13 that year.
Other German shockers versus the Czechs have included a 7-1 victory at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and a 2-2 tie at the 2001 Worlds.