Ice hockey – Austria lost 1:3 to Sweden after a strong performance

In the end it wasn’t enough: Austria’s national ice hockey team started the A World Championships in Finland with a strong performance but an expected defeat. The ÖEHV selection was beaten 1:3 (1:2.0:1.0:0) in Tampere Sweden on Saturday afternoon. The courageous performance brought the best World Cup result against the eleven-time world champion in 20 years.

Joel Kellman (3rd) and Max Friberg (17th) gave the Swedes a 2-0 lead in front of almost 7,000 spectators, Peter Schneider scored the goal in the first third (20th). Joakim Nordström (33rd) increased to 3:1, after that the team of team boss Roger Bader kept the defeat closer than since a 3:5 in 2002. Austria will continue against the USA on Sunday (3.20 p.m. / live ORF Sport +). The Americans easily defeated Latvia 4-1 on Friday.

The Swedes, who started with seven NHL players, took an early lead through Kellman (3rd). But in contrast to 2019 (1: 9) and 2018 (0: 7), the Austrians did not collapse. They survived two manpower games and also had good offensive actions. An unnecessary loss of a disc in front of their own goal helped the Swedes to 2:0 through Friberg (17th).

Selection with 13 World Cup debutants

The red-white-red selection with 13 World Cup debutants was rewarded for the strong and courageous game before the first break. Schneider (20th) scored with a durable shot to make it 1:2. And Austria were just inches away from equalizing. In a strong power play, a smash shot hit the crossbar (27th), Brian Lebler didn’t miss much either.

A mistake by the otherwise good goalkeeper Bernhard Starkbaum helped the Swedes regain a two-goal lead. Starkbaum missed a shot and Nordström only had to push the puck over the line (33′). But Captain Raffl and Co. didn’t allow more.

At 18 years and one month, Marco Kasper became the youngest Austrian World Cup player in 21 years and also showed his talent against the Swedish stars.

Sweden is looking to make amends at the tournament in the neighboring country after missing out on the top 8 at last year’s World Cup for the first time in 84 years and after missing out at the Olympics. However, the Tre Kronor team has not yet fully played against Austria. Team boss Johan Garpenlöv only had three pairs of defenders and three forward lines available because he is waiting for more reinforcements from the NHL. (apa)

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