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Without Storm: Team DEB has no chance against USA

Without Storm: Team DEB has no chance against USA

The German national ice hockey team has two setbacks on the second day of the ice hockey world championships. Additionally, Germany is reeling from an ailing NHL professional.


The German national ice hockey team suffered two defeats in the World Cup. Vice-world champions Czech Republic lost 1:6 (0:2, 1:2, 0:2) against co-favorites USA in their second group game in Ostrava.

Worse than the first tournament loss was the loss of NHL professional Niko Sturm. The San Jose Sharks striker is missing.

Aside from Sturm, national coach Greiss was also unavailable the day after the impressive 6-4 win over Slovakia. It is not known if the three will be out and for how long. Lukas Reichel is not used yet. The 21-year-old NHL striker from the Chicago Blackhawks joined the team on Friday evening and is expected to be on the ice for the German Ice Hockey Association test for the first time on Monday against Sweden.

The private class in the USA is very high

Greiss voluntarily waived goalkeeper Philipp Krubauer from the Seattle Kraken after the opening game. However, the DEB selection is a good replacement for Matthias Niederberger. EHC Red Bull Munich's goalie was repeatedly challenged by the Americans from the start. However, Germany missed their first big chance to take the lead: Wojciech Stachowiak's shot hit the post (8th).

The Americans, who had 19 NHL players, were undeterred by the good German field. Brady Tkachuk of the Ottawa Senators made it 0-1 (13th) when Niederberger couldn't block a shot from Michael Kesselring.

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The German goalkeeper was then there again and again, but was powerless against the individual class of the 31-year-old American boys. With a great individual performance, Kesselring of the Arizona Coyotes added to the scoring (18th) for the All-Star team. Coach John Hynes's side suffered a disappointing World Cup opener with a 5-2 defeat against Sweden.

3000 German fans in Ostrava

Like the first round, the DEB exam also failed to capitalize on the opportunities it had. American defender Alex Vlasic saved on the line after several German attempts, and Berlin's Jonas Muller's follow-up shot hit the crossbar (24th). Yassin Ellis was fouled a short time later by Trey Augustin. The 19-year-old from Michigan State University made the U.S. team for Leon.

After Johnny Gaudreau's 3-0 lead, everything looked like a clear American win (33'). But Ehlis managed to reduce the deficit two minutes later with his first goal of the match. Around 3,000 German fans sang “Here we go” in Ostrava. However, three seconds before the end of the second period, the Americans scored again: Luke Hughes made it 1:4.

Germany had nothing to add to the final group. The American boys played in their class, with Trevor Seacross (51st) and Michael Eisemont (53rd) securing the final score. (dpa)

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