For Germany’s ice hockey group, hopes for the primary World Cup medal have been dashed. With the 1: 4 (0: 2, 0: 1, 1: 1) towards the Czech Republic on Thursday within the quarterfinals on the World Cup in Finland it was over for the German group, who misplaced their possibilities with penalties. A yr after the semi-final coup in Riga, the number of nationwide coach Toni Söderholm couldn’t use the tailwind of the robust preliminary spherical. Like three years in the past, the extremely environment friendly Czechs had been the ultimate vacation spot within the quarterfinals.
Moritz Seider’s aim within the 54th minute got here too late and wasn’t sufficient. Sweden had been additionally eradicated within the afternoon – after a 3-0 lead towards Canada, the Scandinavians misplaced 3-4 after further time.
He’s “very proud” of his gamers, mentioned nationwide coach Toni Söderholm. “One had the sensation that our group was heading in the right direction,” mentioned the Finn. Goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer drew a optimistic conclusion regardless of the disillusionment: “It was an unbelievable group, it was loads of enjoyable.”
In spite of everything, the DEB choice had beforehand corrected the disappointing impression of the early failure on the Olympics with the most effective World Cup preliminary spherical of a German group. After 5 victories within the seven group video games, many spoke of the dear metallic. However an early penalty for the Munich striker Yasin Ehliz and the well-played quantity hit by the Czech NHL star David Pastrnak within the third minute had an instantaneous dampening impact.
Coach Söderholm had suspected that the twelve-time world champion could be a tough check regardless of an unconvincing preliminary spherical. “You don’t get something without spending a dime, you must work for all the things. Endurance shall be required, and the center of a fighter,” mentioned the nationwide coach.
For the Finn, the sport was a particular reunion along with his compatriot Kari Jalonen. The brand new Czech nationwide coach was as soon as Söderholm’s membership coach in Helsinki and later one thing of a mentor. “It’s nothing private for each of us,” Söderholm assured. And but the 44-year-old would have beloved to spoil his former instructor’s event debut.
However the Czechs, bolstered with 9 NHL professionals, additionally used the second majority coldly. Roman Cervenka accomplished a effective mixture to make it 2-0 (eleventh) when Düsseldorf striker Daniel Fischbuch was within the penalty field. The Germans had beforehand had the fewest penalties of all groups within the event and thus hardly ever received themselves into hassle by being outnumbered.
The Germans missed too many possibilities
Even in the midst of the primary third there was little to recommend that the German group may enhance on the earlier report of solely 4 wins in 31 World Cup video games towards the Czech choice. The revenge for the bitter finish three years in the past at 1: 5 within the World Cup quarterfinals in Bratislava was a good distance off.
Söderholm’s gamers solely had possibilities to attain on the finish of the primary interval, attacker Lukas Reichel from the second-class North American skilled league AHL hit the put up (nineteenth). “We have now to search out our sport, belief ourselves a bit extra,” warned captain Moritz Müller at Sport1.
However the Czechs wouldn’t permit that. Tactically properly adjusted by coach Jalonen, the previous ice hockey superpower constricted the German group in phases in its personal third. The primary majority in the midst of the second a part of the sport was additionally unsuccessful for the DEB choice.
As an alternative, the subsequent penalty and the subsequent blow to the neck adopted. Defender veteran Korbinian Holzer needed to depart, David Krejci scored to make it 3-0 (thirty third). The truth that polar bear attacker Marcel Noebels failed once more shortly afterwards on the put up matched the used day of the Germans. “We had an excessive amount of respect,” admitted younger NHL star Seider earlier than the ultimate third.
9 minutes earlier than the top, Söderholm took a full threat, taking keeper Philipp Grubauer off the ice in favor of one other attacker when he was outnumbered. The reward was Seider’s long-range aim to make it 1:3. However the turning level was now not profitable. Jiri Smejkal (59th) hit the empty aim. (dpa)