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Ice Hockey World Championship: Strong start: Germany beats Slovakia
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Ice Hockey World Championship: Strong start: Germany beats Slovakia

From: May 10, 2024 11:20 PM

Vice world champion Germany got off to a perfect start at the Ice Hockey World Cup in the Czech Republic.

348 days after the silver coup in Tampere, national coach Harold Kreis’ efficient team defeated third-placed Olympic Slovakia 6:4 (0:0, 3:2, 2:1) and celebrated a groundbreaking victory against a direct competitor in the first round match for a place in the quarter-finals.

Swiss legionnaire Dominik Kahun (30th), Jonas Müller from Berlin (33rd), Bremerhaven’s World Cup debutant Lukas Kälble (40th), future Mannheimer Marc Michaelis (45th) and Berlin master player Leo Pföderl (57th). and Tobias Eder (59th) scored the goals on Friday (May 10, 2024) in front of 9,000 spectators in Ostrava for the selection of the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB), which competed with 13 second world champions. Marek Hrivik (37′) and Martin Fehervary (39′) had equalized Germany’s interim 2-0 lead in a wild middle third. The other Slovak goals from Libor Hudacek (55th) and Matus Sukel (60th) came too late.

Now against the US and Sweden

It continues against the favorites in Group B: on Saturday the next opponents will be the USA, which consists almost entirely of NHL professionals, and on Monday (each 8:20 p.m.) the next opponents will be the Swedes, who are no less prominent. A year ago, the German team started with three defeats before sensationally storming the final.

Germany not impressed by Slovak fans

The DEB selection not only played against 22 Slovaks on the ice, but also against 8,000 in the stands who had taken the short route across the border and made the Ostravar Arena their home stadium. But the vice world champion started unimpressed: Frederik Tiffels had the chance to make it 1-0 after thirty seconds, the puck slid through the legs of goalkeeper Stanislav Skorvanek but remained centimeters from the line. Moments later, Kälble hit the post (6th). Shortly before the end, NHL goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer was lucky when Tomas Tatar also shot the goal on the goal post (20th).

Wild middle third

In the middle section the Slovaks became stronger, but the Germans scored the first goals. With a majority of 5:3, Kahun scored the long-awaited 1:0, which also held according to video evidence. Later in the power play, Müller increased the score with a shot into the corner. Then Grubauer was unlucky when he turned the puck into his own goal with his shoulder. After the equalizer, Kälble brought the DEB selection, which had failed in the quarter-final play-off against the Slovaks at the 2022 Winter Olympics, back to the front 28 seconds before the siren.

Fifth World Cup win in a row against Slovakia

The Germans got off to a better start in the final third. Michaelis, who moves from the Swiss first division club EV Zug to the Adler next season, restored the two-goal lead with a goal. The quick follow-up goal by the Slovaks (48th), who were competing with five NHL professionals for former number one pick Juraj Slafkovsky, did not count due to offside, video evidence shows. Hudacek made the match exciting again, but moments later Pföderl secured the decision and the fifth World Cup victory in a row against Slovakia.