Germany’s opponent in the quarterfinals is safe

The German national ice hockey team missed out on winning their group at the World Cup in Finland. In second place is the DEB selection in the quarterfinals with an excellent starting position.

The barely missed group victory was quickly crossed off. The national ice hockey team was more proud of the strong second place and the best preliminary round result in history in terms of points. Then the focus went directly to the World Cup quarterfinals.

“Fine, but we still have to put it behind us now. On Thursday no one will ask how we played in the preliminary round,” said Marcel Noebels after 3: 4 (2: 1, 0: 2, 1: 0, 0) : 0, 0: 1) after penalty shootout in Helsinki against Switzerland: “So only win or lose counts.”

Thanks to the 3-0 victory in the evening for Olympic champions and hosts Finland, national coach Toni Söderholm’s team will meet the twelve-time world champions Czech Republic in Helsinki on Thursday.

For Söderholm, however, the opponent does not matter. “It does not matter, it is a difficult tournament to choose his opponent,” said the Finn: “We play and we try to win. And then we will see.”

The DEB team convinces in the preliminary round

Kai Wissmann (12th), Stefan Loibl (16th) and Matthias Plachta (48th) scored the goals for the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB), which had previously won five times in a row for the first time in history. Andres Ambühl (2nd), Pius Suter (22nd) and Denis Malgin (39th) scored for Switzerland, Damien Riat made the decision in the penalty shootout.

The DEB team admitted the only defeat in the six matches before in the venerable “Helsingin Jäähalli” in 3: 5 in the start against Canada. Earlier, in 2019 in Kosice / Slovakia, Germany had achieved its best preliminary round result in the current format with 15 points with five wins. In 2011 and 1933, the DEB selection had won the preliminary round in significantly smaller groups.

Fixed goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer, who returned after a break of two matches, caught a cold: World Cup record player Ambühl, who replaced German record international Udo Kießling in his 120th World Cup match on Saturday, hit a dry slapshot in the net. However, the DEB team was not impressed. Daniel Schmölz and Maximilian Kastner failed with a double chance on Swiss goalkeeper Reto Berra.

“Disastrous decisions” by the judges

The DEB selection subsequently rewarded itself for a tactically wise and disciplined performance, with the aggressive forecheck the Swiss had problems. The hitherto extremely strong Wissmann hit ice cold in the first powerplay. Loibl followed suit.

After the first break, Grubauer was still there with the schooner against captain Nico Hischier for the first shot, then Suter smashed the puck unstoppably. Shortly before the end of the second third, the post saved Grubauer in the Swiss powerplay, then the slack shot placed by Rosenheim on Malgins had no chance.

After a short tussle with the defender, Leon Gawanke finally tucked the ball home. Shortly after, Plachta scored after a nice individual action.

Söderholm criticized “disastrous decisions” by the referees, “it’s completely incomprehensible. It’s not part of the sport. We should actually play a five-minute lead.”


Sweden 1-0 Latvia (0-0, 1-0, 0-0). – Goal: 1-0 Nylander (34:54). – Penalty minutes: Sweden 6 – Latvia 4. – Spectators: 5560

Germany – Switzerland 3: 4 (2: 1, 0: 2, 1: 0, 0: 0, 0: 1) nP. – Goals: 0: 1 Ambühl (01:37), 1: 1 Wissmann (11:51), 2: 1 Loibl (15:30), 2: 2 Suter (21:26), 2: 3 Malgin (38: 31), 3-3 Plachta (47-57), 3-4 Damien Riat (penalty). – Penalties: Germany 2 – Switzerland 8. – Spectators: 3862

USA 4-2 Norway (2-0, 1-1, 1-1). – Goals: 1-0 Hartman (03:45), 2-0 Boldy (07:20), 2-1 Martinsen (22:43), 3-1 Meyers (28:05), 3-2 Rokseth (41: 59), 4-2 Farrell (59-20). – Penalty minutes: USA 4 – Norway 4. – Spectators: 5435 (SID)

Slovakia 7-1 Denmark (2-0, 3-0, 2-1). – Goals: 1: 0 Tatar (10:00), 2: 0 Tatar (19:37), 3: 0 Regenda (21:57), 4: 0 Rosandic (32:17), 5: 0 Slafkovsky, 5: 1 Blichfeld (47:43), 6: 1 Nemec (58:53), 7: 1 Regenda (59:19) (38:20). – Penalties: Canada 8 – France 16. – Spectators: 3084

Finland 3-0 Czech Republic (2-0, 1-0, 0-0). – Goals: 1: 0 Armia (09:31), 2: 0 Mannins (16:17), 3: 0 Rajala (35:34). – Penalties: Finland 4 – Czech Republic 6. – Spectators: 11673

Canada 7-1 France (2-0, 2-0, 3-1). – Goals: 1-0 Cozens Dylan (12:40), 2-0 Comtois (17:31), 3-0 Dubois (22:07), 4-0 O’Dell (35:10), 5-0 Whitecloud (45:29), 5: 1 Rech (48:20), 6: 1 Dubois (51:16), 7: 1 Severson (55:19). – Penalties: Canada 2 – France 2. – Spectators: 2873

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