Brutal trials, magic goal, drama: DEB breaks Swiss giant frustration

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DEB Swiss breaks giant frustration

What a fight, what a bitter end: The German national ice hockey team lost only to arch-rivals Switzerland in a penalty shootout in the last opening round of the World Cup. Nonetheless, national coach Soderhom has good news for the men.

The German national ice hockey team missed out on winning the team at the World Cup in Finland, but celebrated the best opening round finish in their history. National coach Tony Soderholm’s team, who had already qualified for the knockout rounds, lost in the last opening round match to permanent rivals Switzerland 3: 4 (2: 1, 0: 2, 1: 0, 0: 1). Only after the penalty shootout. As a result, Germany meets twelve-time world champion Czech Republic or Olympic champion Finland in the eighth round.

Kai Wissmann (12th), Stefan Loibl (16th) and Matthias Plachta (48th) have won the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB) five times in a row for the first time in history. Andres Ambul (2nd), Pius Sutter (22nd) and Denis Malkin (39th) scored for Switzerland, with Damien Riad deciding on a penalty shootout.

The DEB team conceded just one defeat in six matches in the prestigious “Helsingin Jäähalli” 3: 5 in the opening match against Canada. Germany had previously reached its best opening round end in 2019 with five wins and 15 points in Kosice / Slovakia. At last year’s World Cup in Riga, Germany beat Switzerland 3-2 in the quarterfinals after a penalty shoot-out, eventually finishing fourth in the DEB team.

Very bitter start

Craigan’s regular goalkeeper Philip Grooper returns to the NHL club Seattle after a two – game break. Berlin champion goalkeeper Matthias Niederberger sits on the bench. Defender Corbinian Holzer also returned to the ice after a two-game break, but Dominic Bitner had to give way.

Grobauer caught a cold: World record holder Ambul, who replaced German record international Woodo Keesling in his 120th World Cup match on Saturday, nailed a dry slapshot into the net. However, the DEB team was not impressed. Daniel Schmolz and Maximilian Kostner lost to Swiss goalkeeper Reto Ferra in a double chance.

The DEB selection then rewarded itself for a tactical brilliant and disciplined appearance, confronting the Swiss with aggressive foresight. The strongest Wiseman ever hit the ice cold in the first power play. Loibl followed suit.

Kawanke is bleeding in the snow

After the first break, Grooper was there with the scout against Captain Nico Hisier for the first shot, then smashed the ball into the flames uncontrollably. The German team continued to open the game. Shortly before the end of the second and third game, the Post saved Croupier in the Swiss power play, after which Rosenheim got no chance of a slap shot to the Malkins.

“We did a great job in the first three. We pushed ourselves a bit in the second three,” Holzer said before the final. After the change of pages, alternatively Leon Cavanage had to go into the dressing room with a bloody face after a brutal elbow test, which was incomprehensibly punished, but he was able to continue playing. This was not the first difficult action of the Swiss players. Shortly afterwards, Blasta scored after a superb personal action. What an incredible goal! Alone, that is not enough.


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