Two narrow defeats against leaders Sweden (0:1) and Finland (3:4), with zero points. Our ice hockey boys were disappointed at the World Championships in Tampere, Finland. So the points can finally be earned, national coach Harold Gries (64) sent his team to a psychologist before the game against the USA on Monday (3:20 pm, Sport1, MagentaSport).
Munich Dr. Thomas Kozak is overseeing the team in the World Cup. Before training, the team met with a psychologist on Sunday. Captain Moritz Müller: “We’ve been working with him for a long time. It helps a lot. Mentality is a big part of the game.”
On the sporting side, the national coach announced minor changes. Berlin’s Manuel Wiederer plays against the United States on Monday. So far, Striker, who is well known for his strength in Underman games, is yet to be licensed. Matthias Niederberger will return to goal. Wolfsburg’s Dustin Stralmeier was in the box against Finland
There are also reinforcements from North America. Leon Gavanke flew in Tampere. The attacking defender, who signed a high-paying four-year deal in Mannheim for the new season: “If I have the chance to play for Germany, I’ll take it. The last two World Championships have already been a lot of fun because the focus at home is good at the World Championships and we can push ice hockey. My I want to help the team with strength and will give my full effort.
What does Harold Gries expect from Gavanke? Coach: “He scored 20 goals in Manitoba. Hopefully he can set the accents on the power play. Overall, we’ve taken a step forward in scoring.” What needs to be improved? Greiss: “Against America, we need to increase the shooting frequency, go directly to the goal and give the opponent some space and time.”
However, if they lose against the USA as well, the pressure will be enormous ahead of what are easily claimed games against Denmark, Austria, France and Hungary, and the goal of the quarter-finals will be in serious jeopardy.
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