2005-10-28 12:02:37 - IISHF - Title Events 
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Germany's Men and Juniors beat Switzerland 6:4 and 5:3 respectively in the finals
Germany celebrated the second double in a European Championship after 2000 in Brighton
With two thrilling finals the 2005 European Championships for Men and Juniors ended last week in Kaarst. The stage could not have been prepared better: more than 1000 spectators in a completely sold out arena, a Germany television team and Germany against Switzerland in both, the Men's and the Juniors', finals. The historical European championship with, for the first time, 6 mens' teams and 5 juniors' teams competing, had a truely worthy climax on Sunday evening.
Supported by the amazing numbers of spectators all teams in the finals showed their best hockey and at the end Germany celebrated the junior's as well as the men's title. While the German juniors dominated their game throughout the 60 minutes, winning with 5:3 (the same result as in 2004), the German men turned around a 2:0 shortfall after the first period and won with 6:4 at the end.
For Germay it was the fourth Junior's title (1997, 2000, 2004 and 2005) and the the third men's title (2000, 2003 and 2005) in IISHF history.

Great Britain finished third in the Junior's event beating Denmark with 5:2 and the Netherlands ended up on place 5 in their first appearance on international stage since 2002.
The men's event had another surprise: truely unexpected Great Britain missed the semi finals and had to compete with Poland for place 5. There they dominated Poland in a 6:1 victory putting Poland on place 6 (it was their first European Championship). With increasing performance through the tournament the Netherlands made the semi finals but lost to Germany with 14:1. Switzerland elimated Denmark with 6:2 on their way to the final. At the end Denmark took the third place with a 3:1 win over the Netherlands.

Final Standings European Championship for Juniors:
1. Germany
2. Switzerland
3. Great Britain
4. Denmark
5. Netherland

Final Standings European Championship for Men:
1. Germany
2. Switzerland
3. Denmark
4. Netherlands
5. Great Britain
6. Poland

Congratulations to all teams for showing excellent skaterhockey throughout the weekend and especially to both German national teams for their éclat.

At this point we, the IISHF, would like to thank the Crash Eagles Kaarst for hosting such an more-than-superb event. This tournament can, without any exaggeration, be denoted as a milestone in Skaterhockey history. Thank you Kaarst!

Please note, that we arranged, that for every title event, the results of all games can be viewed using the "Results" button on the appropriate event.

 By Gehrig Stefan

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