Three games, three victories. The inexperienced team of national ice hockey coach Söderholm also impressed at the end of the German Cup. Many prospective players recommend more.
Krefeld – The national ice hockey team is confident about the future. National coach Toni Söderholm’s inexperienced C team even with a number of promising players managed to defend the title in the Deutschland Cup.
Finally, the team of the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB) beat Slovakia, the bronze medalist of the Olympic Games, in Krefeld with a score of 3:0 (1:0, 1:0, 1:0). Goals from Tim Wolgemuth (7th minute) for Adler Mannheim and Tobias Eder (31st) for Dusseldorfer, as well as a strike from Nürnberg’s Tim Fleischer (60th), made it the ninth win in the traditional domestic four. – the tournament is perfect.
After the victories against Denmark on Thursday (3:2 after extra time) and Austria (3:0) on Saturday, it would be enough to draw after regular time against the young Slovakian team. But the newly assembled DEB squad were rewarded for a dedicated and passionate performance on Sunday.
Those in charge are disappointed with the audience
The tournament was held in Krefeld for the last time this year. After five years in Lower Rhine, DEB is moving to another city next year with its home tournament. “The innovation effect is gone. We want to go somewhere else,” said DEB President Peter Merten.
DEB officials were once again disappointed with the number of viewers this year. Germany’s three games drew a total of around 8,000 visitors. Even the background of 1,000 spectators on Thursday was thought provoking above all. The number of visitors increased on weekends. After 3,310 spectators on Saturday, there were 3,854 at the end on Sunday.
Even without their strongest player so far, Swiss SCL Langnau captain Mark Michaelis, they saw off a convincing German team. While Soderholm Michaelis and goalkeeper Dustin Stralmeier (Wolfsburg) took a break this time, Dominik Bock (Frankfurt) and Maximilian Kammerer (Cologne) returned to the team.
Söderholm. “Many things are very well done”
Both national team returnees, like the new talent, were to be tested for their suitability for next year’s World Cup, but unlike many in the squad, they were only marginally convincing. Currently the DEL’s third top scorer, Bock produced his best effort with a superb pass before the Germans’ second goal. Kölner Haien’s Mirko Pantkowski was extremely strong in goal and he kept his team from conceding even when they were outnumbered.
Even before winning the tournament, Söderholm had praised his C pick. “I think they did a lot of things very well,” said the 44-year-old Finn, who deliberately decided not to hire a number of regulars. Some of the players on trial at the German Cup should stand a good chance at next May’s World Cup in Finland and Latvia. “We are really confident in sports,” said DEB Vice President Andreas Niederberger, who is responsible for sports, about the outlook for the coming years.