Better than Slovakia this time: the DEB team wins the first World Cup with the Olympic rematch

Better than Slovakia this time
The DEB team wins the first World Cup with the Olympic rematch

The defeat at the start of the Ice Hockey World Cup was overcome, and at the same time Olympic humiliation was faced: the German national team achieved their first victory in the tournament against Slovakia. Against the Olympic bronze winner, the DEB team creates a good starting position for progress.

The German ice hockey team overcame the “Olympic trauma” at the World Cup in Finland and took revenge for the early end of their sweet dreams in Beijing in February. 88 days after the fall against Slovakia in the first knockout round of the Winter Games, the team of national team Toni Söderholm defeated the Olympic bronze in Helsinki 2-1 (0-0, 2-1, 0-0) and celebrated their first victory in the second game.

The notable Matthias Plachta (22nd) and Leo Pföderl (27th) scored the goals for the selection of the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB) in front of 4387 spectators in the venerable “Helsingin Jäähalli”, which started on Friday despite a brave fight 3 : 5 against the reigning champion and the world record champion of Canada. Kristian Pospisil (32 ‘) scored for Slovakia, who had beaten France 4-2 in the first game.

Germany awaits the third match of the group on Monday after a Sunday without matches (19: 20 / Sport1 and MagentaSport) Russia replaces France, replacing Sbornaya in Group A due to the aggressive war against Ukraine.

At the first goal there is the Slovak help

“We will be better from the starting blocks against Slovakia. If we change a few things, we are on the right track,” said NHL youngster Moritz Seider, who was directly involved in all three of Germany’s goals against Canada, on Friday after. the underlined defeat.

The Detroit Red Wings defender hadn’t promised much: Germany came out of the locker room much better than the day before against the Slovaks, who played their usual robust game, and with a lot of effort on goalkeeper Patrik Rybar. Daniel Schmölz (2nd) and Samuel Soramies (6th) lost good chances. On the other hand, Philipp Grubauer, who was in goal against Canada as before, was also very alert and thwarted promising opportunities.

After the first break, the DEB team then struck with the help of the Slovak. A clear pass from Plachta in the slot was deflected on goal: the second goal of the tournament for the Mannheim player. And Germany followed suit: NHL youngster Tim Stützle hit the post (26th). Then Pföderl got it right after a rebound and shoved into the empty goal. Subsequently, Germany lost other good opportunities.

As a result, Grubauer initially prevented the 2002 world champion from scoring with several strong saves, but then Pospisil found a way. Shortly before the third break, the German team survived a period of pressure from the Slovaks and saved the lead narrowly thanks to an exceptional Grubauer and a bit of luck in the locker room.

Supported by the ever-boisterous and numerous German fans distributed in the stands, the DEB selection did it all in the final round in an extremely competitive match against snappy Slovaks and defended with a lot of passion. The well-deserved reward was the first win of the tournament.

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