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Without a storm: The national team has no chance against the United States

Without a storm: The national team has no chance against the United States

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One Size Too Big: Michael Kesselring (C) and USA defeat Germany. © Darko Vujinovic/AP/DPA

There were two setbacks for the German national ice hockey team on the second day of the World Ice Hockey Championships. In addition, Germany is shaken by a professional illness in the National Hockey League.

Ostrava – The German ice hockey team suffered two setbacks at the World Cup. The vice world champion lost his second group match in Ostrava, Czech Republic to the favored American team 1:6 (0:2, 1:2, 0:2). Even worse than the first defeat in the tournament is the possible loss of NHL professional Nico Sturm. The San Jose Sharks forward was missing.

“We will fix it again. It's a long tournament,” national team coach Harold Kreis said of Sturm's injury. In addition to Sturm, Maximilian Zuber and Fabio Wagner were not available for the coach the day after the stunning 6-4 win over Slovakia. It is not known what Whether the trio will be absent or not and for how long.

Lukas Reichel has not yet been used. The 21-year-old NHL forward from the Chicago Blackhawks only joined the team Friday evening and is expected to be on the ice for the first time Monday against Sweden for the German Ice Hockey Association's selection.

“It wasn't our best day”

Then the German team will need to improve. “The players gave their best, but today was not our best day,” the national coach said after the rejection by the United States in Brosybin. “The score is a bit high. We have made it very easy for the Americans, and we have to look at that,” Commander Moritz Mueller said.

Chriss voluntarily waived goaltender Philipp Grubauer from the Seattle Kraken after the opener. However, the DEB pick has a good replacement in Mathias Niederberger. The EHC Red Bull München goalkeeper was challenged several times by the Americans from the start. But Germany wasted its first big opportunity to advance: a shot from Wojciech Stachowiak hit the post (eighth).

Game scene
Germany and the United States played a difficult match. © Darko Vujinovic/AP/DPA

The Americans, who had 19 players in the NHL, were unfazed by the good German stage. The Ottawa Senators' Brady Tkachuk blocked an unstoppable Michael Kesselring shot to make it 0-1 Niederberger (13).

Powerless in the face of the individual class in the United States of America

The German goalkeeper was there again and again after that, but the 31-year-old was helpless against the individual level of the American boys. With a great individual performance, Kesselring of the Arizona Coyotes raised the group's stellar score (18th place). John Heinz's side were disappointed at the start of the World Cup after losing 5-2 to Sweden.

As in the first round, the DEB selection failed to capitalize on the opportunities available. American defender Alex Vlasic saved a ball from the goal line after several German attempts, then Berlin player Jonas Mueller's shot hit the crossbar (24). Yassine Ahlez failed soon after due to Trey Augustin. The 19-year-old from Michigan State University came to the US team for a sick Lyon team.

Jonas Müller (left)
Germany's Jonas Müller (left) vs. Shane Pinto from the USA. © Darko Vujinovic/AP/DPA

After Johnny Gaudreau took a 3-0 lead, it all looked like a clear American success (33). But Ehlise managed to reduce the deficit after just two minutes with his first goal of the tournament. “Here we go,” sang about 3,000 German fans in Ostrava. Three seconds before the end of the second half, the Americans scored again: Luke Hughes made the score 1:4.

In the last section, the German team had nothing to add. The American boys played in their category, and Trevor Zegras (51) and Michael Essimont (53) ensured the final score. dpa