“Full throttle” – The DEB team wants more after goal

World Ice Hockey Championship

Admission to the quarter-finals of the Ice Hockey World Cup can only theoretically be taken from the German national team. Lukas Reichel, who traveled later, is a factor in the victory against Italy.

The DEB team clearly won over Italy.

Photo: Martin Meissner / AP / dpa

The goal view against Italy and the almost certain early quarter-final qualification is not enough for Germany’s national ice hockey team at the World Cup in Finland.

After 9: 4 against the underdogs in Helsinki, an excellent starting position for the knockout phase is the new goal. The chance for another semi-final cup will increase the selection of national coach Toni Söderholm with further victories in the preliminary round. “It would be really good if we finished in second place in the table. So: Run full throttle in every match, ”said newcomer Lukas Reichel, who impressed in his first appearance at the World Cup this year.

Thanks to the fourth World Cup victory in a row, the German Ice Hockey Federation’s team can theoretically only take the leap to the quarterfinals. Germany is with 12 points right now in third place in Group A. If France loses to Denmark on Saturday, there is no doubt that they will advance.

“The quarterfinals are all good, but every game is important to us,” said NHL star defender Moritz Seider. In the last group games against Kazakhstan on Sunday and Switzerland on Tuesday, Germany can improve their starting position to avoid the supposedly toughest quarter-final opponents Finland and Sweden. “So of course, the higher we are, the better it would be. I think that’s how we will approach the next matches and then hopefully leave the pitch as winners,” said AHL defender Leon Gawanke, who also traveled later.

Söderholm praises “mental maturity”

It worked against Italy with exactly the same result as last year. In Riga, 9: 4 against the Italians, who at the time were weakened by the corona virus, led to the highest World Cup victory against the outsider and paved the way for the semi-finals.

“We have shown maturity. Each player showed mental strength that we played so purposefully, but still with a certain ease, “Söderholm commented with satisfaction.

One day after the ballad about the fire in the hall before the 1-0 victory against Denmark, the fourth in the World Cup and the tenth in the Olympics left no doubt about the fourth initial victory in a row in front of 3311 spectators. Although NHL striker Tim Stützle was still injured and NHL goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer, defender Korbinian Holzer and striker Leo Pföderl were all out, the Germans were clearly superior.

Against the partially overwhelmed world number 16. different players entered the goal scorer and goal scorer list. World Cup debutants Alexander Karachun (5th / 43rd minute) and Kai Wissmann (7th) as well as Yasin Ehliz (14th / 42nd minute), Daniel Fischbuch (18th / 35th minute), the late AHL striker Reichel at his tournament premiere (26th) and Samuel Soramies (58th) were successful. The three goals conceded in the final third by Luca Frigo (48 ‘), Daniel Mantenuto (50’) and Alex Petan (60 ‘) were spots. Tommaso Traversa (26th) also scored for Italy.

Reichel with one goal and two assists

“All in all, it was a good match from us,” Reichel summed up: “Of course we have to play to the end, no matter what the situation is. It was a bit silly that we closed the goals in – but that’s the way it is.”

The striker from the second-tier North American professional league AHL proved with one goal and two assists that he is an asset to the team. “I want to bring energy into the ice, move my legs and play as I usually do so that the others see: Yes, the little one who runs and wants to,” said the youngest player in the World Cup squad tomorrow. AHL defender Leon Gawanke also showed with his presence and his constructed passes that he is a reinforcement. Both arrived only on Thursday. “They were very strong,” Söderholm praised.

In the last two group games, the best German World Cup preliminary round is now within reach. With yet another victory, the most successful preliminary round of a German team at a World Cup would be set. In 2019, there were five successes and 15 points in seven games. The German ice hockey team would like to breathe at least a little first. “I think we can enjoy the evening now,” Söderholm said, announcing a quiet Saturday. “I think this is the last chance to clear my head a little. We should use that too. This is how we fill the last force we need for the final sprint. ”

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