Germany’s opponent in the quarter-finals is confirmed

The German national ice hockey team missed out on winning their group at the World Cup in Finland. In second place, DEB’s pick goes to the quarter-finals with an excellent starting position.

The group’s victory was barely finished. The National Ice Hockey Team was most proud of a strong second place and best preliminary round result in history in terms of points. Then the focus went straight to the World Cup quarter-finals.

“So only winning or losing matters,” Marcel Nobles said after 3:4 (2:1, 0:2, 1:0, 0:0, 0:1) after the penalty shootout in Helsinki against Switzerland.

Thanks to a 3-0 victory this evening over Olympic champions and hosts Finland, national coach Toni Soderholm’s team meets 12-time world champion Czech Republic in Helsinki on Thursday.

But for Söderholm, the opponent does not matter. “It doesn’t matter, it’s a tough tournament picking your opponent,” said the Finn. “We’re playing and trying to win. Then we’ll see.”

Convince the DEB team in the preliminary round

Kai Weissmann (12th), Stefan Lobel (16th) and Matthias Blachta (48th) scored the goals for the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB), who had previously won five consecutive times for the first time in history. Andres Ambul (second), Pius Sutter (22) and Denis Malgin (39) scored for Switzerland, and Damien Reyat made the decision in the penalty shootout.

DEB conceded the only defeat in the previous six matches at the venerable “Helsingin Jäähalli” in 3:5 at the start against Canada. Previously, in 2019 in Kosice / Slovakia, Germany had their best result in the preliminary round in current form with 15 points with five wins. In 2011 and 1933, the DEB selection won the preliminary round in much smaller groups.

Ordinary goalkeeper Philipp Grobauer, who is back after a two-game break, has a chill: World Cup player Ambol, who replaced German record player Udo Kissling in his 120th World Cup game on Saturday, scored a dry kick in the net. However, the DEB team was not affected. Daniel Schlums and Maximilian Kastner missed out on a double chance on Swiss goalkeeper Reto Pera.

‘Disastrous decisions’ by referees

Next, the DEB choice rewarded itself with a smart, tactically-disciplined look, with the aggressive surveillance the Swiss faced. The all-powerful Wissmann hit so far ice cold in his first power game. Loibl followed suit.

After the first break, Grubauer was still there with the schooner against Captain Nico Hischier on the first shot, and then Sutter unstoppably smashed the disc. Shortly before the end of the second half, the post saved Grubauer in strong Swiss play, then Rosenheim’s slap shot at Malgins didn’t stand a chance.

After changing sides, substitute Leon Gawanke had to go to the dressing room with a bloodied face after checking the elbow, which inexplicably was not punished, but he managed to continue playing. Shortly thereafter, Plachta scored after a nice solo act.

Söderholm slammed the “disastrous decisions” by the referees, “This is completely incomprehensible. This is not part of the sport. We should actually play by five minutes.”


Sweden 1-0 Latvia (0-0, 1-0, 0-0). Goal: 1-0 Nylander (34:54). – Penalty minutes: Sweden 6 – Latvia 4. – Spectators: 5560

Germany-Switzerland 3:4 (2:1, 0:2, 1:0, 0:0, 0:1) nP. – Goals: 0:1 Ambul (01:37), 1:1 Weissmann (11:51), 2:1 Lobel (15:30), 2:2 Sutter (21:26), 2:3 Malgin (38: 31), 3-3 Blachta (47-57), 3-4 Damien Reyat (penalty kick). – Penalty minutes: Germany 2 – Switzerland 8. – Spectators: 3862

US 4-2 Norway (2-0, 1-1, 1-1). Goals: 1-0 Hartmann (03:45), 2-0 Bolde (07:20), 2-1 Martinsen (22:43), 3-1 Myers (28:05), 3-2 Roxeth (41: 59), 4-2 Farrell (59-20). – Penalty minutes: USA 4 – Norway 4 – Spectators: 5435 (SID)

Slovakia 7-1 Denmark (2-0, 3-0, 2-1). – Goals: 1: 0 Tatar (10:00), 2: 0 Tatar (19:37), 3: 0 Regenda (21:57), 4: 0 Rusandyk (32:17), 5: 0 Slavkovsky, 5: 1 Blichfeld (47:43), 6:1 Nemec (58:53), 7:1 Regenda (59:19) (38:20). – Penalty minutes: Canada 8 – France 16. – Spectators: 3084

Finland 3-0 Czech Republic (2-0, 1-0, 0-0). – Goals: 1: 0 Armia (09:31), 2: 0 Mannins (16:17), 3: 0 Rajala (35:34). – Penalty minutes: Finland 4 – Czech Republic 6. – Spectators: 11,673

Canada 7-1 France (2-0, 2-0, 3-1). Goals: 1-0 Cosnes Dylan (12:40), 2-0 Comtois (17:31), 3-0 Dubois (22:07), 4-0 Odell (35:10), 5-0 Whitecloud. (45:29), 5:1 Rech (48:20), 6:1 Dubois (51:16), 7:1 Severson (55:19). – Penalty minutes: Canada 2 – France 2 – Spectators: 2873

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