The German national team lost their opening game against Canada at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Finland. The team of national coach Toni Söderholm shows a courageous performance against the favorite. The game to read in the live ticker.
Tore: 0:1 Sillinger (8.), 0:2 Dubois (17.), 1:2 Michaelis (28.), 1:3 Dubois (32.), 1:4 Johnson (35.), 1:5 Gregor (38.), 2:5 Plachta (42.), 3:5 Seider (52.)
The most important thing in brief: Germany started the Ice Hockey World Championship in Finland with a defeat. On Friday, defending champion Canada was too strong for the team of national coach Toni Söderholm at 3: 5 (0: 2, 1: 3, 2: 0).
Marc Michaelis from the Toronto Marlies from the second-rate North American professional league AHL (28th minute), Mannheim’s Matthias Plachta (42nd) and NHL defender Moritz Seider from the Detroit Red Wings (53rd) scored against the NHL stars. Pierre-Luc Dubois (18th/32nd) from the Winnipeg Jets, Cole Sillinger (9th) and Kent Johnson (34th/both Columbus Blue Jackets) and Noah Gregor (38th) from the San Jose were twice for the record world champion Shark’s successful.
The second game in Helsinki is already scheduled for this Saturday (7:20 p.m./Sport1 and MagentaSport) against Olympic bronze medalist Slovakia. The Slovaks secured a 4-2 win against outsiders France, who are Germany’s third World Cup opponents on Monday.
The German national ice hockey team is looking forward to the start of the World Championships in Finland against Canada. In the first of seven preliminary round games on Friday (7.20 p.m./Sport1 and MagentaSport) in Helsinki, the duel with the supposedly most difficult group opponent is on: Canada is the record world champion and defending champion.
How the coup can succeed: “You need a goalkeeper who can keep almost everything, and if you have the chance up front, you have to score your goals,” said striker Marcel Noebels from champion Eisbären Berlin: “I think that’s where it belongs too a bit of luck.” National coach Toni Söderholm left it open whether he would start the tournament with NHL goalie Philipp Grubauer as expected.
The starting position: Reaching the semi-finals at the 2021 World Cup was a highlight, the early exit before the quarter-finals at the Winter Games in Beijing in February was a low point. The squad from Söderholm is now aiming for an Olympic reparation. NHL star Leon Draisaitl and other top performers are missing. Eleven players from the Olympic squad and 13 World Cup participants from 2021 are in the squad.
The opponent: The Canadians compete almost exclusively with NHL professionals. Eric O’Dell is there from the strong KHL and is the player who caused a scene that was unpleasant from a German perspective at the Winter Olympics in February. After an unpunished check by O’Dell against Marco Nowak’s head, the German defender was unable to continue playing. Nowak is injured in Finland.
The memory: The 1: 5 in Beijing against the Canadians, who were almost completely different at the time, was the beginning of the severe setback at the Winter Games. NHL players did not compete in the Olympics. The Canadians took revenge in China for South Korea’s Olympic defeat. It was terrific when Germany advanced to the final at the 2018 Winter Games by beating Canada 4-3 in a game of the century and secured Olympic silver. At the 2021 World Cup in Riga, Germany scored 3-1 for the first time in a World Cup against the Canadians in 25 years.
The former NHL professional Korbinian Holzer says with a view to the disappointing participation in the Olympics: “I think we have learned the lessons from it and learned a lot from it in terms of the fact that we simply have to bring 110 percent in every tournament and in every game have to be there from the start. In any case, we must have a better start to the tournament than at the Olympics.”
The perspective: On Saturday (7.20 p.m. / Sport1 and MagentaSport) it will continue against Slovakia, who took part in the Olympics. In Beijing, the Germans lost 4-0 to the Slovaks and were eliminated before the quarter-finals. The games that the Germans actually have to win in Finland for the desired quarter-finals are only coming up afterwards.
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