Riga – At this World Championships, the German national ice hockey team will have to recognize more and more how difficult it is to position itself at the top of the world. This is because, after the intoxication of the initial phase with the climax of the 3-1 win against Canada, the third defeat in a row continued on Monday. With a 0: 2 (0: 0, 0: 1, 0: 1) win over the United States, Jason Robertson took the lead 64 seconds before the second break and decided with a shot towards the empty goal just before the final. Siren (Colin Blackwell) fell and national coach Tony Soderholm’s team will play against hosts Latvia on Tuesday (7.15pm, Sport 1) to advance to the quarterfinals and be eliminated early.
Lucas Richel returns after the test
The introduction of NHL professional Dominic Cohen and the return of Esperan striker Lucas Richel, who quickly recovered from a check in the game against Kazakhstan, increased attacking options compared to previous defeats against Kazakhstan (2: 3) and Finland (1: 2). Nevertheless, the DEB cracks rarely managed to surprise the U.S. defense with a happy look and create very dangerous scoring opportunities. The first of two short numbers was enough to pull back significantly against the American boys.
The sport was also a sign of the current state of German ice hockey: the fact that a German national ice hockey team is now entering a fight with the United States speaks volumes for the rise that began significantly with the 2018 Olympic silver. At the same time, increased demands confirm that the match will definitely be considered a disappointment if the World Cup ends on Tuesday evening. In the initial ecstasy, the final dreams had already been drawn up and drawn parallel to the Silver Conspiracy in Pyongyang. With the defeat against Latvia, it can no longer be calculated that something historic was achieved in the 3-1 win over Canada, and that Esperan goalkeeper Matthias Niederberger spent a working day following the textbook.
However, the German team, which played some kind of final against Latvia in Riga, has good experience. In 2017, they qualified for the Olympics in South Korea. A similar awareness experience is needed again after three and a half years.