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Ice Hockey World Cup: After a great start: The national team is ready to face the United States of America – Sports

Ice Hockey World Cup: After a great start: The national team is ready to face the United States of America – Sports

The selection of the German Ice Hockey Association was convincing in the 6:4 win over Slovakia. Photo: Ojana Jaroslav/CTK/dpa


One day after the strong match against Slovakia 6:4, the German national team can take the next step towards the quarter-finals. National coach Chris sees a need for improvement.


Ostrava – The beginning of the World Cup was very successful, and now the German national ice hockey team is waiting for one of the favorites of the tournament. With three points to their name, the vice world champions take on USA today (8.20pm/ProSieben and MagentaSport). “We are preparing for a difficult battle,” said national team coach Harold Kreis. While the highly ambitious Americans are under pressure after an initial 2:5 defeat to Sweden, the selection of the German Ice Hockey Association (DEB) was able to convince in a 6:4 win over Slovakia in Ostrava, Czech Republic.



“We just have to keep it going,” said Seattle Kraken power forward Philipp Grubauer. However, the goalkeeper believes that his team has no chance against global superstars such as Brady Tkachuk (Ottawa Senators), Trevor Zegras (Anaheim Ducks), Seth Jones (Chicago Blackhawks) and Luke Hughes (New Jersey Devils). The goalkeeper said: “We have to do the small details right and not take any penalty kicks.”

It worked well against the Slovaks. Six different scorers, goals on the power play and, above all, always at the right moment. The defence, which had been very shaky in preparation without star defender Moritz Seider, also looked less vulnerable. “But we can still do some things better,” Chris said. But his team managed to put “several exclamation marks” on the spot.

The first player in the World Cup to score an important goal

One of the match-winners was a player making his World Cup debut: defender Lucas Calpelly. With his goal, which made it 3-2 shortly before the end of the second third, he halted the Slovakian momentum. The 2002 world champions managed to equal Germany's 2-0 lead in a very short time. The defender, who moved from Bremerhaven to Adler Mannheim, then smashed home a powerful shot. “It was a fun time,” the 26-year-old said after his first goal.

Captain Moritz Müller said DEB's selection was the “first move” against the Olympic bronze medalist. The minimum goals for the quarter-finals were already close after the first day of action. For Yassin Ehlez, who set up three goals, it wasn't just the result that was important. “The important thing is the way we approached the match,” the EHC Red Bull Munich striker said.