EDMONTON, AB - Germany punched its ticket to the semifinal round of the IIHF World Championship for the first time since 2010 on Thursday with a thrilling 3-2 shootout win over Switzerland, including contributions from Oilers forward Dominik Kahun.
The Germans trailed the Swiss 2-0 in the middle frame, narrowed the gap to 2-1 through 40 minutes and sent the game to extra time with the equalizer in the final minute of the third period, as Kahun found Leon Gawanke in the high slot with just 44 seconds remaining and the goalie pulled for the extra attacker.
Overtime solved nothing as the game moved to a shootout, with both netminders stopping the first-round attempts. Timo Meier then tallied for Switzerland, but Kahun responded with a goal for Germany. After both third-round shots were stopped, Marcel Noebels scored the game-winner.
They'll now play Finland in Saturday's semifinal round, while Canada will face the United States in the other matchup to determine the gold-medal showdown scheduled for Sunday.
Kahun scored nine goals and six assists in 48 games with the Oilers this season before heading to Riga, Latvia to join his national team at Worlds after Edmonton was eliminated by Winnipeg.