While Finland is undoubtedly disappointed with their showing at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, they cruised past Germany in the first game of the relegation round with a 8-0 win on Wednesday.
The win secures them a spot in the 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmö. The relegation round features four teams (Finland, Slovakia, Latvia and Germany) with the top three teams remaining in the tournament next year. The bottom team is relegated to Division 1.
Calgary Flames prospect Markus Granlund recorded four points in the victory, scoring once and adding three assists. He finished off the game with six shots on net. The pivot now has nine points through five games and sits second in tournament scoring.
The Finns were held to just one goal after 20:00 but the floodgates opened in the second as they outshot the Germans 20-3 and scored three more times. The siege continued in the third as Finland added four more goals on 26 shots.
In total, Finland put 56 shots on German netminder Marvin Cupper.
The only relegation round game on Thursday is between Slovakia and Latvia. Finland is back in action on Friday when they face off against Slovakia.
Finland's previous win against Latvia counts in the round-robin standings so they sit on top with six points. Germany, with their loss to Slovakia earlier in the tournament, has just one point in the standings so far and will need to defeat Latvia on Friday to remain in the division.
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