Ice hockey. Narrow opening win for DEB in German Cup – Sports

The DEB team narrowly won against Denmark. Photo: Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa

The German ice hockey team managed to celebrate a victory at the start of the German Cup. However, the level was manageable. The audience response was also very disappointing.

Krefeld – The German hockey team C is shaking and winning the German Cup in Krefeld. The inexperienced selection of national coach Toni Söderholm won 3:2 (1:1, 1:1, 0:0) over Denmark after extra time.

Daniel Schmöltz scored the decisive goal in the fourth minute of added time. The Nürnberger had already scored in regulation time, along with Mark Michaelis of Swiss side SCL Langnau. Anders Koch of Aalborg Pirates and Nikolaj Meyer of Red Bull Salzburg were successful for Denmark.

The scene at the Yala Arena in Krefeld was disappointing. Only about 800 spectators wanted to see the German talent opener. Soderholm deliberately fired a number of regular employees. Surprisingly, the already very inexperienced squad was missing Marko Novak from Eisbären Berlin, the most experienced player in a squad that included ten German Cup debutants and three national team debutants.

Talent and returners are in the spotlight

In Krefeld, the national coach’s focus is more on talents or returnees, such as Frankfurt’s Dominik Bock and Cologne’s Maximilian Kammerer, who after recent good performances in the German Ice Hockey League have been given another chance with next May’s World Cup in Tampere. Even then, Germany meets Denmark again in the preliminary round.

Expectations were especially high for the exceptionally talented Bock, who despite his contract with the Carolina Hurricanes is still waiting to make his NHL debut. The 22-year-old, who is currently the third-highest scorer on loan from Löwen Frankfurt, did not, like many others, do any self-promotion at first. With former DEL player Heinz Ehlers less trained than the Danes, the background was matched to a manageable level on the ice. There was still a lot missing in terms of speed and intensity.

Germany have a chance to improve on Saturday (17:30/Sport1 and MagentaSport) against Austria and on Sunday (14:30/MagentaSport) against Slovakia, who were third at the Olympics.

The advantage of the Germans contributed to the accident. Danish defender Koch deflected Michaelis’ shot into his own net, but made up for it a little later, equalizing with a superb finish from the blue line into the top corner. Wolfsburg Grizzlies goaltender Dustin Strahlmeier is blocked from view.

Weak level in the final third

In the middle part, the German national team started with problems and became significantly more dominant only after the 1:2 registered in the last second of the live power play. The reward for the strongest phase of the game up to that point was a deserved equalizer for Schmölz Nürnberg. Meanwhile, Söderholm couldn’t score more goals.

A few spectators at the time saw only cramping. In the final part, the level dropped to a minimum. The opportunities just happened by chance.

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