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DEB selection in the World Cup: Lesson 1:6 against the USA – Sports

DEB selection in the World Cup: Lesson 1:6 against the USA – Sports

German ice hockey men received a lesson at the World Cup in the Czech Republic. National coach Harold Kreis's side suffered a bitter 1:6 (0:2, 1:2, 0:2) loss to the United States in their second qualifying round match on Saturday. Twenty-eight hours after its opening 6-4 victory over third-placed Slovakia, Germany suffered its first setback.

“Maybe the score is a bit high. We made it too easy for them. Our quality is high enough to do it differently,” said Pro7's Moritz Müller. Chris agreed with his team captain, saying: “We struggled to keep our balance today. The players did their best, but today was not our best day.”

Only Yacine Ihles (35) scored in front of 9,109 spectators at Ostravar Stadium, including 3,000 German fans, for DEB, which had to do without NHL forward Nico Sturm and defenders Maximilian Zuber and Fabio Wagner. “We'll do it again. It's a long tournament,” national team coach Chris said of Sturm's injury. It is not known whether the trio will be absent or not and for how long. The district nominated Maximilian Kastner and Colin Ogbekele.

Brady Tkachuk (13th), Michael Kesselring (18th), Johnny Gaudreau on the power play (33rd), Luke Hughes (40th), Trevor Zegras (51st) and Michael Essimont (53rd) scored for the Americans, who took revenge in style. interesting. to the semi-final defeat in Tampere. After winning 4-3 after extra time thanks to Fredrik Tiefels' winning goal, DEB sensationally reached last year's World Cup final. In the preliminary round, the result was 2:3.

An injured Nico Storm is missing everywhere

With 22 NHL professionals around Tkachuk, Gaudreau and Zegras, the US team is much stronger this year. The German's next opponent on Monday (8:20pm / Pro7 and MagentaSport) is 11-time world champion Sweden, who first defeated the Americans 5-2.

NHL forward Lukas Reichel, who arrived in Ostrava on Friday night and was on the ice for the first time on Saturday morning, was still sitting in the stands. The 21-year-old from the Chicago Blackhawks should play against Sweden. Joshua Samansky from Straubing had to make way for him. NHL goaltender Philipp Grubauer, who stopped 35 shots against Slovakia, was given a break. Matthias Niederberger stood next to him between the posts. The Munich player had to defuse the opportunity for the first American goal a few seconds later. On the other hand, Wojciech Stachowiak was unlucky when he hit the post (7th place). DEB then became braver and put the NHL team in trouble. However, the United States took the lead: Tkachuk blocked a shot from Kesselring without stopping. At 0-2, Niederberger let down the people in front of them.

“Now we are falling behind, and we have to put more pressure on them,” said Pro7's Kastner. This was initially successful: Alexander Ill (24th) and Ihlys (25th) missed great opportunities to connect. The Americans had to replace injured NHL goaltender Alex Lyon with college goaltender Trey Augustine in the second period. They remained more effective on offense: Gaudreau used the first power play to make it 3-0. Sturm was missing from the first three goals conceded: his former attacking line conceded two goals and was also missing from the superior formation. After the first German goal, the score was 1:4 three seconds before the third siren sounded. At the beginning of the last 20 minutes, the German team rose up. But Team USA quickly regained control.