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Germany wins Deutschland Cup 2021 after defeating Slovakia******
BRATISLAVA, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- Host Germany defeated Slovakia 4-1 on Sunday to win ice hockey's 2021 Deutschland Cup with three straight victories, grabbing the trophy for the eighth time.
Slovakia placed second, with Switzerland third after edging out the Russian Olympic Team 3-2.
Germany got an early jump on Slovakia, scoring just 14 seconds into the tournament's decisive match that serves as a warm-up event for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing. Leo Pfoederl capitalized on a rebound after one of his teammate's shots.
The home team struck again in the 6th minute when Tobias Rieder concluded a nice passing play, stretching the lead to 2-0.
Slovakia's Canadian coach Craig Ramsay decided to start 20-year-old HC '05 Banska Bystrica goalie Filip Belanyi, and he had his hands full on his national team debut. Rieder was close to stretching the lead to 3-0 but his shot bounced off the post later in the period.
"The start did not go according to my expectations, but after that, I told myself that I had nothing to lose and I had to give it all I have, as always. Ultimately, I enjoyed my debut very much," said Belanyi after the match.
Six minutes into the second stretch, Samuel Bucek brought the Slovaks back within striking distance when he took the puck deep on the left wing and slotted home past Wolfsburg Grizzlies goalie Dustin Strahlmeier.
Bucek's call remained unanswered despite a powerplay and Slovakia instead conceded a goal late in the period on an unsuccessful penalty kill to make the scores 3-1.
Rieder's second goal of the night in the final period set the final score 4-1 on a breakaway.
"I am proud of my guys, they tried hard to beat the host team. However, the first-minute goal took a big toll on them and it was hard to get back into the game against a strong team. Our backchecking was lacking and we were also too aggressive today," rued Ramsay after their first loss at the tournament. Enditem
Russia says it has seized Ukraine's largest nuclear power plant******
Russia has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that its forces have taken control of the territory around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi said Wednesday.
Grossi said in a statement that Russian diplomats in Vienna told the IAEA that personnel at the Zaporizhzhia plant – Ukraine's largest nuclear power plant – have continued their work on providing nuclear safety and monitoring radiation in normal mode of operation, and "the radiation levels remain normal."
The Zaporizhzhia plant has six out of Ukraine's 15 nuclear energy reactors, according to the statement.
Ukraine reported to the IAEA on Wednesday that the country's nuclear power plants have continued normal operation, and its nuclear regulatory authorities have maintained communication with its nuclear facilities, the IAEA chief said.
Grossi has repeatedly stressed that any military or other action that could threaten the safety or security of Ukraine's nuclear power plants must be avoided.