Denmark stays in the elite
Mikkel Bodker nets two as Austria gets relegated
In Relegation's round last Denmark faced off with Austria in a battle for the final elite place at the 2009/10 world championships.
Austrians got off to a dream start. After 48 seconds Roland Kaspitz scored on a rebound after Matthias Trattnig's initial shot. At 2:30 Thomas Koch found Oliver Setzinger for a shorthanded breakaway and Setzinger made no mistake shooting the puck between the legs of Patrick Galbraith. After the second goal Danes slowly started to take the initiative despite Austrians Having better scoring chances in the first half of the period. In the 14th minute Denmark had a goal disallowed due to the poor positioning of the referee who quickly blew the whistle thinking Bernd Bruckler had the puck covered while it squized in the net between his legs. Two minutes later Danes did score. Darcy Werenka lost the puck before the net and Julian Jakobsen took it. Austrian goalkeeper unsuccessfully tried to get it away from him leaving an empty net. Jakobsen took full advantage skating around the goal and putting the puck in. In the final seconds of the period Nichlas Hardt had a great chance to equalize but Jeremy Rebek stopped the puck at the line after Bruckler has already been beaten.
Early in the second period Denmark got three expulsions in a row. Austrians tried to increase the lead but it was the Danes who managed to score on the third. Andres Lakos lost the puck at the Danish blue line. Mikkel Bodker intercepted it and beat Bruckler on a breakaway. Austria soon got yet another power play but couldn't convert on it either as couldn't the Danes on two occasions. Despite both teams having some more chances result stayed even.
Denmark started third period on a power play and 3:34 into the period the got another 5 on 4 situation. Austrians successfully defended but seconds after it was over Denmark stroke. Mads Christensen received the pass and beat Bruckler with a wrist shot. After the goal Austrians gave it their all in search of the so important third goal but left room in their defense for the Danes. They took advantage of that with 8:50 to go on a fast 2 on 1 break where Morten Green feed to Kasper Degn for a forth Danish goal. Austrians still searched for the goal that would bring them back in the game but their efforts suffered a blow with 5:43 to go as Setzinger got 2+2 penalty for high sticking. As he returned Austria pulled Bruckler for an extra attacker. That didn't help them either as Mikkel Bodker scored his second of the game in an empty net to seal the Austrians faith.
It was a tough loss for Austria who got relegated despite finishing second in the relegation round due to Germany being safe.
Mikkel Bodker had a great day with 2 goals
Photo: Roman Kucera
Denmark - Austria 5:2 (1:2, 1:0, 3:0)
0:1 - 00:48 Roland Kaspitz (Matthias Trattnig)
0:2 - 02:30 Oliver Setzinger (Thomas Koch) SH1
1:2 - 15:14 Julian Jakobsen
2:2 - 27:51 Mikkel Bodker SH1
3:2 - 45:46 Mads Christensen (Julian Jakobsen, Jesper Damgaard)
4:2 - 51:10 Kasper Degn (Morten Green)
5:2 - 59:23 Mikkel Bodker ENG
Shots on goal: 33 - 35
Penalty minutes: 12 - 14