Dhe ice hockey selection of Denmark made its first clear mark of respect at the World Cup in Finland in the race for the quarter-finals. In the German group A, the Danes defeated Kazakhstan surprisingly well 9-1 (3-0, 4-0, 2-1) in Helsinki on Saturday and made a convincing debut at the tournament. Kazakhstan narrowly avoided a double-digit defeat, scoring a consolation goal in the 59th minute.
Frederik Storm from ERC Ingolstadt was one of the scorers. Joachim Blichfeld of the San Jose Barracuda of the second-rate North American AHL stood out with three goals.
Denmark is the fourth German opponent in the preliminary round on May 19 (4:20 p.m. on Sport1). The selection of national coach Toni Söderholm meets Kazakhstan in the penultimate group game on May 22 (4:20 p.m. on Sport1). The top four teams in each of the two groups of eight advance to the quarterfinals.
In Group B in Tampere, eleven-time world champions Sweden managed a 3-1 (2-1, 1-0, 0-0) win against outsiders Austria. Like France, the Austrians are playing as substitutes at the A World Cup because Russia and Belarus were excluded from the tournament as a result of the Russian attack.
Meanwhile, the German team reacted with self-criticism and confidence to the opening defeat against record champions Canada. Only one day after the 3: 5 against the North American NHL ensemble, the selection of national coach Toni Söderholm is again required on Saturday in Helsinki (7:20 p.m. / Sport1 and MagentaSport) against the Olympic bronze medalist Slovakia.
The two best German players, the young NHL professionals Moritz Seider and Tim Stützle, were also self-critical after the lost start. “I think we experienced players have to hold ourselves accountable a bit. We simply have to lead the team with more dominance,” said defender Seider, who is contesting his third World Cup at the age of just 21. The first of seven group games on the way to the quarter-finals was “rather mixed”. NHL striker Stützle from the Ottawa Senators summed it up: “We can still improve as the tournament progresses.”