At the start of the 2022 World Cup in Finland, the German national ice hockey team lost 5-3 to world champions Canada.
Matthias Plachta (right) is at a disadvantage with the DEB team against Josh Anderson and Canada.
Toni Söderholm’s protégés wanted to rehabilitate themselves on Friday for the 1: 5 at the start of the 2022 Olympics against Canada, but the defending champion was ultimately too strong at 3: 5 (0: 2, 1: 3, 2: 0). The world champion took command from the start and then took advantage of the first mistake made by the German team. Cole Sillinger had a free shot and hit the right angle after nine minutes. Pierre-Luc Dubois was successful after 18 minutes with a concealed shot into the top left corner of the goal. The maple leaves went into the third break with a deserved 2:0.
Much improved in the middle third – but three goals conceded
The DEB selection showed itself to be greatly improved in the first ten minutes in the middle section, initially had 8-0 shots on goal and came to 1-2. Seider drove quickly into the attacking zone, Marc Michaelis of the Toronto Marlies from the second-rate AHL completed the drive. The first penalty time in the game put the DEB selection further behind and also out of step. Dubois steered the puck into the goal from close range (32′). The next penalty followed for Germany and the next goal conceded. Kent Johnson put the puck over Philipp Grubauer’s catch hand (34′). Noah Gregor then completed a great combination with the 5:1.
Twice twice the majority and new hope
The preliminary decision? In the final third, the Söderholm team defended themselves with great commitment and came back into play. In a double majority. First, Mannheim’s Matthias Plachta shot a Stützle pass through the legs of a Canadian into the goal (42′). Then Daniel Schmölz from Nuremberg missed the 3:5 when he failed to place a slightly deflected Plachta pass in the empty goal. NHL defender Moritz Seider from the Detroit Red Wings then made it 3:5 (53rd) – again with a double advantage. Staged by Tim Stützle of the Ottawa Senators, Seider first waited, then shot and hit the right corner.
Söderholm’s measure no longer applies
Coach Toni Söderholm kept taking Grubauer off the ice in the last few minutes, the DEB team pressed with the majority, but it wasn’t enough against the Canadians who were stronger overall.
Söderholm found that “a lot was fine with the Sport1 microphone, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough in the end”. In his eyes, the Maple Leafs’ victory was “so okay, they punished us for some mistakes.”
The second game in Helsinki is already scheduled for this Saturday (7:20 p.m.) against Olympic bronze medalist Slovakia. The Slovaks secured a 4-2 win against outsiders France, who are Germany’s third World Cup opponents on Monday.