STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - MAY 15: Petr Prucha (L) of Czech Republic and Marcel Goc (R) of Germany battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group S match between Czech Republic and Germany at Ericsson Globe on May 15, 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Preliminary-round play came to an end Tuesday as Marcel Goc and Team Germany found themselves on the receiving end of an 8-1 slaughter by the Czech Republic from Stockholm's Globe Arena. The Group S Germans finished out of playoff action with a 2-5 record "highlighted" by a minus-17 goal differential. Goc, his club's captain, recorded zero points, a minus-2, and 5 SOG in seven tournament games.
On a somewhat happier note from Helsinki, Tomas Kopecky nabbed himself a goal as Team Slovakia defeated France 5-4 to secure the privilege of facing Group H-leading Canada (6-0-1) in quarterfinal play Thursday at Hartwall Arena. Slovakia (5-2) claims the second-best PK of the 16-team tournament at 88.9% and ninth-rated power play (21%). Kopecky has a club-best 4 goals (1 PP), 1 assist, plus-6, and 15 SOG in seven games.
How far will Kopy and Slovakia go?
Lose in Quarterfinal (vs Canada) (20 votes)
Lose in Semifinal (1 vote)
Win Bronze (6 votes)
Win Silver (4 votes)
Win Gold (3 votes)
34 total votes