With three points in a row, Germany’s ice hockey cracks are clearly on their way to the World Cup quarter-finals in Finland. A preliminary decision could already be made on Friday. Then subsequent reinforcements from North America should also be present.
Not even a blaze can stop Germany’s ice hockey cracks at the World Cup in Finland.
Thanks to 1:0 (0:0, 1:0, 0:0) against Denmark, an early quarter-final is on hand and belief in another coup for the fourth World Cup in 2021 is real again. Already on Friday (3.20 pm / Sport1 and MagentaSport) against Italy, a preliminary decision is possible after the fifth round of the seven preliminary round matches: if the mandatory win is successful, then the selection of national coach Toni Soderholm is only theoretically possible again to take part in the knockout round take .
“We have to follow up immediately.”
“We have to go straight to the point,” captain Moritz Muller said after his third consecutive World Cup win. “It’s better if we get three more points to secure our best starting position.” After three months of a failed Olympic participation, not only has team spirit been affected again. Despite the shock of the hall evacuation during the warm-up period, the German Ice Hockey Federation’s pick was also strong.
“We’re making incredibly good strides,” said NHL defender Moritz Seider of the Detroit Red Wings. “German ice hockey is moving forward and there will be more successes like this.”
The German team won the match against Olympic quarter-finalist Denmark, which started 100 minutes late, even without the injury of striker Tim Stutzel, Lukas Richel and Leon Gawanke, who traveled later. AHL striker Marc Michaelis of the Toronto Marlies became the match winner with his goal after a assist to striker Marcel Noebbels (33th minute). “That was very important,” Michaelis said on Sport 1: “We are very happy that we drove him home.”
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After defeating their direct quarter-final opponent, Söderholm’s team put themselves in the starting position. Late AHL defender Leon Gawanke and AHL striker Lucas Raichel could also play against Italy on Friday. For the match against Denmark, the duo arrived in no time.
“They are making a much better team,” said Blachta. “In Riga they were a decisive factor in getting us this far. It certainly hasn’t gotten worse since then.” At that time, Germany surprisingly reached the semi-finals.
A year ago, the German national team again successfully fought off the resistance. The match against Denmark started with a huge delay and shock. Teams, spectators and journalists had to leave the hall about half an hour before the start of the original match at 3.20pm German time.
In equipment, players persevered outdoors. The fire brigade arrived and quickly put out the “small fire”. It was not initially clear whether the game could be played or not. According to the World Federation, there were no injuries. “We haven’t tested that before either,” said Matthias Plachta, a Mannheim veteran, but he found the situation “quite funny” afterwards. gear, and some take off their sleds. Some of them kicked a little soccer ball. I just sat down.”
In the end, the game didn’t start until 5pm, even after that the smell of burning didn’t completely go away. At first, both teams showed an uncommon readiness, only in the middle third did the intensity increase. The German team improved and advanced 1:0. “It was difficult. It was a challenge. It’s something you can’t prepare for, of course. It was a difficult start,” said Söderholm and Michaelis.
It remains unclear whether Stützle will be able to play again against Italy after sustaining a knee injury from Monday’s match against France (3:2) and it will only be determined at short notice.
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