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West Germany 3, Austria 1

February 17, 1988

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Unbeaten West Germany virtually assured itself a spot in the Olympic hockey medal round with a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over winless but surprisingly tough Austria on Wednesday.

Helmut Steiger broke a 1-1 tie with his third goal of the Olympics 38 seconds into the second period while West Germany had a two-man advantage.

The sixth-seeded West Germans, 3-0, still must play the second-seeded Soviet Union and the seventh-seeded United States in their remaining two games before the six-team medal round.

Austria, which already has lost to the United States 10-6 and the Soviet Union 8-1, is 0-3 after playing its best game of the tournament. It will play Czechoslovakia before having its best chance for a victory in its finale with 10th-seeded Norway.

Seeded 11th in a 12-team field, the Austrians scored first on Werner Kerth’s third goalof the tournament. Goalie Karl Friesen made a save on Bernie Hutz’s shot, but Kerth poked in the rebound from just outside the crease at 1:59 of the first period.

The goal seemed to spark the Austrians. They played aggressively and had several good scoring bids the rest of the period.

Gerd Truntschka’s third goal on a wrist shot from the slot tied the game at 8:51 of the period.

Penalties to Austrians Johann Sulzer at 19:40 of the first period and Edward Lebler 10 seconds later carried over into the second period and set up Steiger’s go-ahead goal.

Friesen, the goalie in West Germany’s 2-1 upset of Czechoslovakia in the Olympics’ opening game, stopped 23 shots. Austria goalie Brian Stankiewicz had 29 saves.

Peter Obresa scored West Germany’s final goal 2:57 into the third period.

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