The World Ice Hockey Championship is over for the German team. The hoped-for revenge of the Czech team will not be achieved in the quarter-finals. Penalties deprive the German team of the opportunity to reach the semi-finals.
Young star Moritz Seider looked frustrated in space, and national coach Toni Soderholm had to swallow hard. For the German ice hockey team, hopes of a first World Cup medal in 69 years were prematurely dashed with three goals scored by a man’s fall.
1:4 (0:2, 0:1, 1:1) against the Czech Republic It was the end of the World Cup quarter-final in Finland for Germany who lost their chances on penalties.
“The disappointment is huge,” coach Soderholm said. “I already have other plans.” A year after flipping into the semi-finals in Riga, his selection was unable to use the tailwind of the strong preliminary course. Like three years ago, the highly competent Czechs came to a dead end in the quarter-finals, and Seder’s 54th-minute goal came too late and wasn’t enough.
After all, DEB’s selection had previously corrected the disappointing impression of early failure at the Olympics with the best World Cup preliminary round for a German team. “The step we took in the Olympics, we’ve now taken it again,” said veteran defender Korbinian Holzer.
Söderholm is ‘very proud’ of his team
Soderholm emphasized that he was “very proud” of his pupils. “You had the feeling that our team was on the right track,” said the Finn. And goalkeeper Philipp Grobauer reached a positive conclusion despite the disappointment: “It was a great team, it was very fun.”
After five wins in seven team matches, many are already talking about the precious metal. But an early penalty by Munich striker Yasin Ahliz and a superb third-minute mark by Czech National League star David Pasternak had an immediate mitigating effect.
The 25th defeat in the 32nd World Cup duel with the former ice hockey superpower was looming early on. The Czechs, bolstered by nine NHL specialists, also used the second majority coldly. Roman Cervenca completed an impressive lineup to make it 2-0 (11) when Düsseldorf striker Daniel Fischbusch was in the penalty area. Soderholm admitted it was a “cruel blow”. “We made mistakes when we were outnumbered, that was decisive in the match,” said goalkeeper Grobauer, who was weak when she conceded.
A special meeting for the national coach
The Germans had previously taken the fewest penalty kicks of all the teams in the tournament and rarely got themselves into trouble with outnumbering. But when he saw his former coach and mentor Kari Jalonen again, Söderholm’s plan didn’t work out. The new Czech coach had tactically shaped his team and thus prevented the Germans from avenging their bitter defeat at 1:5 in the World Cup quarter-finals in Bratislava 2019.
Only at the end of the first half did the Germans have chances to score, and Lucas Richelle hit only the post (19). “If you don’t score, you can’t win the game. That’s how it was,” said the forward from the AHL second division. Even the first majority in the middle of the second part of the game did not succeed in choosing DEB.
Cedar: “We had a lot of respect”
Instead, this was followed by the next penalty kick and the next kick to the neck. Defender Holzer was forced to leave, and David Craigie scored to make it 3-0 (33). “We had a lot of respect,” NHL professional Ceder later admitted.
The fact that Esperin’s striker, Marcel Noebbels, also failed in the dispatch center, matches the day the Germans used. “With a little luck I can stand in front of you with a smile. But it’s very bitter like this,” defender Leon Gawanke said of his teammates’ missed opportunities.
Nine minutes from the end, Söderholm took a complete risk and took goalkeeper Grobauer off the ice in favor of another striker when outnumbered. The bonus was Seider’s long-range goal to make it 1:3. But the turning point was no longer successful. Jerry Smical (59) hit the empty goal.
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