Germany’s national ice hockey team still needs reinforcements for the World Cup. Five days before the tournament start, the selection won the prestige duel with Austria on Sunday in Schwenningen with a considerable effort with 3: 1 (0: 0, 1: 1, 2: 0). Thanks to the goals of Schwenningens Alexander Karachun (40th minute), the striker Stefan Loibl (56.) playing in Sweden and the Wolfsburg Dominik Bittner (58th), the Deb team secured even after a deficit The hoped -for sense of achievement.
“There are things that we can do better, but it was a step forward overall,” said captain Moritz Müller after the game at “Magenta Sport”. “We took a lot with us again today. It was a new team that came together here this week. The longer the game ran, the better it got.”
With the NHL stars Philipp Grubauer, Moritz Seider and Tim Stützle, the DEB selection revealed significant potential for improvement and after a few joint training sessions in Schwenningen voting problems. Brian Lebler (29th) was successful for the Austrians. The German defensive was lucky with two post shots of the guests.
three out of seven preparation games won
The appearance in front of 5000 spectators hardly gave hope for the first World Cup preliminary round in Helsinki against defending champion Canada. At the World Cup in Finland, the German team will be in focus again for the first time since Beijing’s Olympic disappointment.
The selection of national coach Toni Söderholm has won three out of seven preparation games. In Schwenningen, the Finnish coach offered the three NHL supports Grubauer (Seattle sick), Seider (Detroit Red Wings) and Stützle (Ottawa Senators) as well as service providers such as the Mannheim Matthias Plachta or captain Moritz Müller for the first time in this World Cup preparation in Schwenningen.. Germany was still not playing in the World Cup formation.
Kastner surprisingly already in action
Players from Master Eisbären Berlin and finalist EHC Red Bull Munich are also said to be on the departure on Tuesday. Only the Munich Maximilian Kastner was surprisingly used on Sunday. How many reinforcements will come is unclear.
The Germans found it difficult to play against Austria and also had a hard time outnumbered. Austria, as 17. Eight places behind the Germans in the world rankings, only takes part in the A World Cup from May 13th to 29th due to the exclusion of Russia and Belarus.
Nevertheless, the hosts fell behind. After almost half of the season, Grubauer made room for Dustin Strahlmeier. The former Schwenninger goalkeeper was hardly on the ice when Lebler decreased the first shot after the change of goalkeeper. 30 seconds before the second break, Karachun then punched the puck over the goal line. Only in the final phase did the Germans make the hoped -for victory perfect.