Ice Hockey World Championships
The German national team’s entry to the World Ice Hockey Championship quarter-finals cannot theoretically be ruled out. Lucas Richelle, who traveled later, was a factor in the victory over Italy.
The spectacle of goals against Italy and an almost certain early qualification for the quarter-finals are not enough for the German national ice hockey team at the World Cup in Finland.
After 9:4 against the underdogs in Helsinki, the new target is to put in an excellent start to the knockout stages. The chance of another coup in the semi-finals wants to increase the selection of national coach Toni Soderholm with more wins in the preliminary round. “It would be really good if we finished second in the table. So: go full speed in every game,” said newcomer Lucas Raichel, who was impressive on his World Cup debut this year.
Thanks to the fourth consecutive World Cup victory, the German Ice Hockey Federation team can only theoretically make it to the quarter-finals. With 12 points, Germany is currently third in Group A. If France loses to Denmark on Saturday, there is no doubt that they will qualify.
“All the quarter-finals are well and good, but every game is important to us,” said NHL defender Moritz Seider. In their final group matches against Kazakhstan on Sunday and Switzerland on Tuesday, Germany can improve their position at the start to avoid the toughest presumed opponents in the quarter-finals, Finland and Sweden. “Then, of course, the higher we go, the better. I think that’s how we’re going to approach the next matches and then hopefully leave the field as winners,” said AHL defender Leon Gawanke, who also traveled later.
Soderholm praises ‘mental maturity’
I worked against Italy with exactly the same result as last year. In Riga, the 9:4 minute against the Italians, weakened by the Corona virus at the time, led to the highest victory in the World Cup over the outside party and paved the way for the semi-finals.
“We showed maturity. Every player showed the mental strength that we played very firmly but with some ease,” Soderholm commented contentedly.
One day after the furore over the hall fire ahead of the 1-0 win over Denmark, the fourth match at the World Cup and the tenth at the Olympics left no doubts about winning the fourth consecutive preliminary round in front of 3,311 spectators. Although NHL striker Tim Stützle was still injured and NHL goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer, defender Korbinian Holzer and striker Leo Pföderl were all injured, the Germans were clearly superior.
Against the partially overburdened world No. 16. Various players entered the list of scorers and scorers. World Cup debuts Alexander Karachon (5th minute / 43), Kai Weissmann (seventh), Yassin Ehliz (14/42) and Daniel Fischbosch (18/35) and the late AHL striker Rachel in his first show in the tournament (26), Samuel Soramis succeeded ( 58). The three goals scored in the final third by Luca Frigo (48), Daniele Mantenuto (50) and Alex Petain (60) were faults. Tommaso Traversa (26) also scored a goal for Italy.
Rachel with one goal and two assists
Rachel summed up “Overall it was a good game from us. Of course we have to play to the end, no matter what the situation is. It was a little stupid that we conceded goals – but that is what it is.”
The second-tier AHL striker with one goal and two assists proved to be an advantage for the team. “I want to bring the energy to the ice, move my legs and play the way I normally play, so others see: ‘Yes, the little kid who runs and wants that,’” said the youngest player in the World Cup squad. morning. AHL defender Leon Gawanke also showed with his presence and relentless passing that he is an enhancement. Both arrived on Thursday only. “They were very strong,” Soderholm praised.
In the last two group matches, Germany’s best World Cup preliminary round is now at hand. With another win, the most successful preliminary round for a German team in the World Cup will be decided. In 2019, there were five successes and 15 points in seven matches. The German ice hockey team wants to at least catch their breath at first. “I think we can enjoy the evening now,” Söderholm said, announcing a quiet Saturday. “I think it’s the last chance to clear your mind a bit. We should use that as well. This is how we fill in our last strengths we need for the ultimate enemy.”