The history of the Austrian team’s first game in the Ice Hockey World Championships in Finland. They put in a more than impressive performance against Sweden, but eventually lost 3-1.
In the first 20 minutes, the same expected picture presented itself: Sweden excelled on the field, but Austria managed to appear in front of the opponent’s goal from time to time. The first goal of the match came early, after just 128 seconds Joel Kellmann made it 1-0 for Sweden. Max Friberg should increase to 2-0 after a good quarter of an hour. At the end of Section 1, Austria had one good deed or another, one of which was converted. Peter Schneider took advantage of the wrong positioning of the Swedish defense and hit the puck’s ball past the Swedish goalkeeper Markus Hojberg with a shot.
In the second third, Roger Bader’s team got into the match better and also made a strong first – Henrik Tomerens was only able to block Benjamin Nesner with a shot on goal with a hook. They have done themselves well in the power game, with Benjamin Baumgartner in particular providing plenty of speed with slick passes. Austria was on the verge of equalizing, but a shot from Lukas Haddom hit the crossbar, and a little later the ball did not curl into the net, but unfortunately only on it. Even if you didn’t score, the ÖEHV selection got some momentum, and after a few moments Paul Huber also only failed on the link. At this point, Sweden didn’t really have an answer for the Austrians playing well. Another advantage opportunity was not used and soon after Sweden made it 3:1. Bernard Starkbaum couldn’t control Matthias Brum’s shot, the disc rolled in front of the goal line and Joachim Nordström was right there. With this result, we entered the second half.
Sweden has figured out how to manage the advantage in the last 20 minutes. Tre Kronor allowed for some extra action by the Austrian cracks and in the end they achieved a well-deserved 3:1 success. However, Austria can build on a good opening performance – and a duel with the US will follow tomorrow.
85th World Ice Hockey Championship | Tampere / Helsinki
Sweden: Austria 3-1 (2-1 | 1-0 | 0-0)
Goals: 1-0 Kielmann (3rd), 2-0 Freiberg (17), 2-1 Schneider (20), 3-1 Nordstrom (33).
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