The German ice hockey team is struggling to beat Kazakhstan without a few top players. NHL striker Stützle can no longer help. The national coach is very upset about it.
Even the prospect of a World Cup record in Germany and the perfect location to start the quarter-finals couldn’t assuage Toni Soderholm’s anger over Tim Stutzel’s World Cup exit.
Without his exceptional striker, the German Ice Hockey Federation team in Helsinki, coached by Söderholm, struggled to make 5:4 (3:2, 1:1, 1:1) in their penultimate group game against Kazakhstan. Germany achieved their best performance in the 2019 World Cup preliminary round with five wins from six matches. On Tuesday finally against his arch rival Switzerland (11.20 a.m./Sport 1 and MagentaSport) More is possible: Record the preliminary round and, ideally, even the group wins.
Then a fourth World Cup in 2021 would have the best starting position for the knockout round, as action should start from Thursday with the first World Cup medal in 69 years. Goals from Jonas Muller (5th minute), Leo Pföderl (17), Daniel Fischbusch (19), Lukas Reichel (26) and Yassin Ellis (48) ensured Germany’s fifth World Cup win in a row with NHL goalkeeper Philipp Grobur and defender Corbinian Holzer. Outstanding striker Matthias Plachta survived. But Stützle’s final World Cup failure, announced by DEB shortly before, deeply affected Söderholm’s mind.
You’ll miss Stützle on the ice
“We definitely needed Tim’s qualities,” Soderholm said of assignments in the coming days. The decision to take the 20-year-old striker out of the tournament clearly has the Ottawa senators upset Söderholm. “I don’t comment on it. I’m not a doctor. That’s why I can’t say whether the injury was serious or not,” the 44-year-old started in moderation and then repeated his assessment he had made. Since Stützle’s slight knee injury at 3:2 against France on Monday: “I’m optimistic he can play.”
Apparently not senators. Because it’s possible that a great NHL team alone decided on a gem. Soderholm also hinted at this: “The decision is not up to me.” According to unconfirmed media reports, Stützle suffered a bruised knee against the French – not a big deal. Christian Konast, DEB’s Director of Sports, made Solomoney’s statement officially on Sunday morning. “Tim was lucky with his misfortune. He hurt his knee, and it healed quickly and completely,” Konast said. “Tim will not be spared by the opponent in the upcoming matches and his health is the top priority.”
Problems with the processor and other failures
This process also has a flavor that Dom Nikoletta, the Senate Athletics Handler in Finland, is working on with the Canadian team. Nicoletta Stützle seems to have been scrutinized closely in the past few days. The world record champion is now vying with Germany to win the group.
The striker’s exceptional failure is considered all the more serious due to former NHL striker Dominic Cahoun’s exit from the World Cup shortly before the tournament and the absence of global striker Leon Drysitl due to his play-off appearance with the Edmonton Oilers. .
Others are in demand now. The focus should be more on Lucas Richelle than the AHL. The strong Alrakhil scored 4:2 against the Kazakhs in the second third with a majority. Like AHL defender Leon Gawanke, he traveled after the end of the season and played against Italy (9:4) for the first time on Friday.
Even after the narrow win, Söderholm remained nervous – despite entering the quarter-finals long ago. “It’s a sign that the players have done a lot right,” Söderhom said, but called for a clear increase in performance: “There are many things we still have to develop in the game, especially durability and speed when it comes to critical games.” An early failure at the Beijing Olympics after an outspoken declaration of golden ambitions was a personal defeat for him. In his native Finland, his team is on their way to fixing things – against all odds.
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