World Ice Hockey Championship: DEB team misses historic opportunity – national coach rages after brutal control

Updated on 24/05/2022, 16:08

  • In the face of some dubious referee decisions, the German ice hockey crackers only just missed out on winning the preliminary round at the World Cup.
  • Despite the defeat after penalty shootout against Switzerland, there was eventually a German points record.

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Germany’s ice hockey team goes to the World Cup quarterfinals in Finland with anger in their stomachs. Despite a points record in the initial round and the strong performance as number two in the group, national coach Toni Söderholm was out of his mind after the unfortunate 3: 4 (2: 1, 0: 2, 1: 0) after a penalty shootout against Switzerland. “It’s unforgivable,” Söderholm scolded the referee team on Tuesday after their “disastrous decisions”, which the national coach condemned on “Sport1”.

The 44-year-old Finn was proud of his team’s strong play and morale against the group winners and World Cup favorites, but Söderholm saw himself deprived of a victory in ordinary time and thus the group victory. Instead, Switzerland, at the top of Group A, will play against the United States in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Germany’s opponent was not yet sure of the afternoon and was first determined in a direct duel between hosts and Olympic champions Finland and the Czech Republic.

Switzerland was the favorite in the preliminary round

“Becoming number two in the group is definitely a good starting position and positive for the day after tomorrow,” said striker Marcel Noebels from the German champions Eisbären Berlin. However, he also noted: “No matter who comes now, it will definitely be harder.” In a high-class duel between arch-rivals Kai Wissmann (12th minute) from Eisbären and Stefan Loibl (16th) and Matthias Plachta (48th) from Adler Mannheim scored the German goals in regular time.

For the favored Swiss with seven NHL cracks, Andres Ambühl (2nd) in his 17th World Cup participation, Pius Suter (22nd) and Denis Malgin (39th) had success in the 60 minutes. For the first time at this World Cup, Switzerland had to go into overtime without scoring a goal. Nico Hischier and Damien Riat were successful in the penalty shootout, but no one scored for Germany.

Germany missed the group victory at the World Ice Hockey Championships

With a draw after 60 minutes, Switzerland’s group victory and Germany’s second place were already ready. The 16 points that the selection of the German Ice Hockey Federation collected in the seven group games, despite the defeat, is the best initial round result of a German World Cup team ever. “Fine, I must say,” Noebels said of the German performance so far. “But we still have to put it behind us. On Thursday, no one will ask how we played in the preliminary round. It’s about winning or losing.”

And the prospects for fourth-place USA from Group B would have been better. In the second third, the controversial referee team Linus Öhlund from Sweden and Peter Stano from Slovakia denied the German team a five-minute majority for the first time. Fabrice Herzog checked Kai Wissmann into the gang but got only two minutes for it.

“There is no doubt that it is a match penalty,” Söderholm subsequently complained. “It was one of the most dangerous checks I’ve seen in recent years. Anything can happen there. You can not sugar store it. A huge mistake.” In the brief powerplay that followed, no German goal was scored. Worse yet: Instead of the longer German majority, the referees whistled what Söderholm called a “cheap” penalty kick against German captain Moritz Müller, with Malgin’s promptly scoring the opening goal.

Criticism of referee decisions

In the last episode, he gave Leon Gawanke an elbow in the face and the German defender had to bleed out of the ice. That usually also means five minutes plus a match penalty in ice hockey. But the judges did not even give two minutes. “It’s not excusable,” Söderholm said. “It’s always said: We have to protect the players. But then we do not. What is happening there is too dangerous.”

Nevertheless, his players showed morale and equalized with a dream goal from Plachta, which secured second place in the preliminary round. “Our first goal has been reached,” said Plachta, and Noebels said: “When I see that we can keep up with this strong team and could even have won, I am convinced that we do not have such bad chances. the tournament. ” (dpa / okb)

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