D.Tim Stetsall’s last pictures, which can be seen in Helsinki on Monday evening, are not really relevant to raising the spirits of the German national ice hockey team. In fact, it was not necessary, and a quarter of an hour later it was 1-0 against the aliens France, which seemed to take the form of a second win in the third game of this Ice Hockey World Championship.
But the working day of the most important German striker is already over. First, he lay down after a fight in the studs, and then he bent over the snow and never came back. So colleagues had to do it themselves – they managed, and the Germans won 3: 2, “even if it was hard”, striker Marcel Nobles agreed.
How is the support? Will the 20-year-old exceptional player from the Ottawa Senators play again in his first World Cup? Nothing definite from the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB). “It’s so beautiful, we see it day by day,” said Christian Cunast, the dpa’s sports director, adding that more missions are “possible”. What good news was there for national coach Tony Soderhome, who had to deal with enough defeats from the best strikers: the need for NHL play-offs at the Lyon Trisite, Dominic Kahn injured, Tobias Ryder and Champions League MVP Frederick Defender made.
Captain Moritz Mல்லller makes it so important for Stouts to call him “one of our best players” and failure “certainly will be bitter”. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Although the second class AHL’s season ends on Sunday with the “sustainable creativity factor” (Söderholm), it should go faster now, and it’s still worth it. This also applies to defender Leon Cavanaugh, whose club season in Canada is over. The Germans could use him too.
Nobles and Pföderl on the spot
That was enough against France on Monday. If things continue against Denmark on Thursday and against Italy on Friday (3.20pm each), the quarterfinals are almost certain. And it was Marcel Nobles and Leo Pfoderl from Berlin who once again provided a decisive moment. Because the DEB team had a two-point lead from Düsseldorf through Daniel Fischbuch (3rd minute) and Alexander Ehl (18th), it was 2-2 in the last third.
France was very active and vibrant, especially in the middle section. Only in the last three did the Germans regain strength. And achieved the goal: Template Nobles, Cole Pföderl. The well-rehearsed duo recently became champions for the second time in a row with Iceberg.
After that there was a party, Pföderl did it excitedly with a lot of beer, but without shoes, internet videos showed. It is too late for preparations for the World Cup. The national coach was asked if it made sense to take them to Finland. But he does not think about leaving on home soil the two who played best in Latvia last year, and the championship title provides enough inspiration.
Now it has been confirmed.Pföderl is the highest scorer in Germany with two goals and three assists. That alone should not be the end. Especially if Reichel doesn’t really follow through. He played in Berlin last season and has built the best attacking line-up in the league with Nobles and Pfoderl. Söderholm can always use one of these. It does not matter how Tim Stützle is.