World Cup in Riga: German ice hockey team moves into the semi-finals

World Cup in Riga: German ice hockey team moves into the semi-finals

The German national ice hockey team has reached the semi-finals at the World Cup. In Riga, the team defeated Switzerland and will face a tough opponent on Saturday.

Germany’s national ice hockey team is surprisingly in the semi-finals of the World Cup against Finland and Latvia. The selection of the new national coach Harold Kreis again won the quarter-finals against Switzerland 3-1 (1-0, 2-1, 0-0) in Riga and thus has the chance to win the first German World Cup medal since 1953 at the weekend. In the semifinals on Saturday in Tampere, Germany meets the USA again.

DEB victory against favored Switzerland

Maximilian Kastner (7th minute) from German champion EHC Red Bull Munich and the two NHL strikers John-Jason Peterka (38th) and Nico Sturm (39th) shot out the success against Switzerland, who finished first in group B of the preliminary round had and had gone into the game as a favourite.

In 2021, also in Riga, and at the home World Cup in 2010, the selection of the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB) prevailed against Switzerland in the World Cup quarterfinals. The tournaments then ended in fourth place. The DEB selection last won silver at the World Championships in 1953, although only four nations took part at the time.

The DEB can already look back on a successful World Cup debut with Kreis as the successor to Toni Söderholm. Despite 15 cancellations due to injury, Kreis not only made it through to the quarterfinals after three defeats against top nations, but also qualified directly for the 2026 Olympics in Milan by reaching the semifinals.

Source: Stern

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