Detroit Red Wings' Moritz Seider to play for bronze at World Championship

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Detroit Red Wings defense prospect Moritz Seider earned another point at the World Championship, but it wasn't enough to lead Germany into the gold-medal game.

Seider set up Matthias Plachta's in the second period of Saturday's second semifinal in Riga, Latvia, but the Finns held on to win, 2-1.

With Canada beating the U.S., 4-2, that set up Sunday's bronze medal game between Germany and the Americans. Wings defenseman Troy Stecher will play for gold against the Finns, who are the defending champions.

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It's the first time since 1953 that Germany has a shot at a medal at the World Championship.

Seider, 20, has continued the strong play that earned him Defenseman of the Year in the Swedish Hockey League, where he recorded seven goals and 21 assists in 41 games for Rögle, followed by five points in 13 playoff games. Seider looked dangerous from the start Saturday, creating a scoring opportunity in the first period when he fired a wrist shot on net. He helped pull the Germans within a goal when he threaded the puck to Plachta for a one-timer.

Seider is expected to make his Wings debut in the fall, and certainly will come to training camp full of swagger after such a stellar 2020-21 season.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Red Wings' Moritz Seider eyes bronze at World Championship