At the World Championship in Halifax, Philip Gogulla set-up the eventual game winner for Germany in their dominating 4-2 win over Slovakia.
The Germans continued to press and impress, and late in the period they were rewarded with a beautiful goal. Philip Gogulla took a stretch pass up the middle from Michael Bakos deep in his own end. As a Slovakian defenceman chased Gogulla down, he turned and delivered a backhand pass to Michael Hackert in the slot. Hackert beat Lasak between the pads to restore the Germans’ two-goal lead before the end of the period.With an adjusted published weight of 198 lbs, the 6'2 German winger later earned the primary assist on the power-play as Germany closed out their scoring in the third period.
"We kept the puck deep and didn't take any stupid penalties," Gogulla added.Gogulla's two assists tonight come on the heels of a breakout year for the 20-year old. The winger scored more points for league runner-up Cologne (11-33-44) than he did in his first two DEL seasons combined (43). He also added three assists in three games at the Skoda Cup against entries from Slovakia, France, and Switzerland. Gogulla's future teammate in Buffalo, Andrej Sekera, was named Slovakia's Best Player in the loss... In the USHL, Drew MacKenzie and the 'Hawks couldn't get a goal in Waterloo's 2-0 loss to Omaha. The teams have split the first two games of the Clark Cup Finals, and will head to Waterloo for Game Three on Wednesday.