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Germany 2, France 0

Associated Press
Tuesday, February 10, 1998; 7:08 a.m. EST


NAGANO, Japan — Washington Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig, showing absolutely no ill effects from his lengthy trip to Japan, stopped 25 shots in his Olympic debut today as Germany defeated France, 2-0.

Mark MacKay and Peter Draisatil scored for Germany, which was eliminated from the Group B title hunt Monday with an 8-2 loss to Belarus.

Kolzig, an NHL all-star, had nine saves in the third period to cap an outstanding effort. Unfortunately for Germany, his appearance came too late to help the team advance to the next round.

Germany (2-1) was also aided by NHL players Uwe Krupp, a defenseman with the Colorado Avalanche, and forward Marco Sturm of the San Jose Sharks. Krupp — who wore the ``C'' as team captain — had an assist and provided much-needed help for a defense that was riddled by Belarus.

Germany outshot France, 13-4, in the first period, but neither goaltender was severely tested.

In the second period, France's Francois Gravel stopped a breakaway with his team on the power play at 6:40. But his luck ran out at 7:46 when MacKay skated out of the penalty box and scored from the left circle off a crossing pass from Draisaitl.

Germany clinched it with 1:54 left when Draisaitl scored on a breakaway after taking a pass from Krupp.

A sparse crowd watched the game in Aqua Wing arena. Germany and France (1-2) will close out their Olympic schedule with placement games Thursday.

© Copyright 1998 The Associated Press

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