As of May 31, 2021 at 5:07 p.m.
Germany lost to the United States at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Latvia and now faces a crucial quarter-final final.
On Monday (May 31, 2021) Germany lost to the USA in Riga with a score of 0: 2 (0: 0, 0: 1, 0: 1). National coach Toni Soderholm’s side faces a crucial preliminary round final against hosts Latvia on Tuesday (7.15pm) to enter the knockout stage. The selection of the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB) definitely needs a victory to advance – and nerves strong, because for the first time spectators are allowed to be in the stands. Up to 2,660 fans will be allowed into the hall.
“We put ourselves in the position to reach the quarter-finals with a win tomorrow. Tomorrow we will crown everything,” said Captain Moritz Muller on “Sport 1.”. Striker Marcel Noebbels said: “He could have deserved more than a point today. I think we should settle the game right away. We have a final against the hosts. We want to get to the quarter-finals – there is no doubt about that.”
Germany also loses with NHL player Kahun
In terms of tactics, the match against the United States was one of the best matches of the World Cup so far, but the selection made by the German Ice Hockey League was not very harmful, especially when it comes to the majority. “Overall, we played a good game,” Muller said. “Maybe the last will, the last step towards the goal is missing.”
The United States showed itself more competent here: National Hockey League striker Jason Robertson of the Dallas Stars (39th minute) hit the number of Americans who outperformed the Americans in the 29th victory in the 45th World Cup game against Germany. Just before the end of the match, Colin Blackwell (60th place) scored the empty goal for the USA, who now qualified for the Round of 16 with Finland in Group B.
With rookie NHL player Dominic Kahun on the offensive, things initially looked much better than they last saw 1:2 against Finland on Saturday. In the latter stages he failed to post. The 25-year-old Edmonton Oilers striker was given a pass to make his debut in this tournament at noon after traveling to Riga after an NHL game and surviving a mandatory quarantine period. The Olympic runner-up from 2018 immediately achieved the hoped-for pace in the German offensive game.
Lack of determination in front of the gate
Germany kept the best team in Group B and kept their attack. Felix Brockmann ruined the few chances the United States had. As in the first World Cup match against Italy (9:4), the 30-year-old Adler Mannheim goalkeeper was favored over regular goalkeeper Matthias Niederberger, who was relieved of the preliminary round against Latvia.
In order to reward themselves, the German team’s passing game was often very inaccurate and power play wasn’t dangerous enough. The return of top talent Lukas Reichel hasn’t changed that. The 19-year-old is back for the first time after checking his head against Kazakhstan (2:3) last Wednesday and had some good action in attack, but it didn’t work out.
A lack of determination in front of goal led to a bitter revenge shortly before the end of the second half, when USA delivered a more dangerous game than Germany before and finally pushed Robertson to lead the happy USA. In the final section, Germany returned full of determination, but it did not succeed.