The mandatory task solved with difficulty, but may have lost a key player: The German national ice hockey team has won the second victory at the World Cup in Finland 48 hours after the Olympic revanche against Slovakia-but worries about NHL-Youngster Tim Stützle.
The team of national coach Toni Söderholm won a 3: 2 (2: 1, 0: 1, 1: 0) in the third group game in Helsinki against outsider France and thus the next important threesome on the way towards the quarter -finals.
Daniel Fischbuch (3rd) in Powerplay, Alexander Ehl (18th) and Leo Pföderl (46th) scored the goals for the selection of the German Ice Hockey Association (Deb) in the time-honored "Helsingin Jäähalli". The DEB team had previously won 2-1 against the Olympic third Slovakia on Saturday and lost 3: 5 against defending champion and record world champion Canada at the start on Friday.
"This is a big win for us. We have a lot of fans here, so it was a great evening," said Pföderl at magenasport. "We hope that it is not so bad with Tim that he can be there in the next game. He leads our first storm series and is very important for us." A diagnosis at Stützle was initially pending. "This will probably be decided with him in the next few hours. We hope that it will continue for him," said Marcel Noebels at Sport1.
Alexandre Texier (15th) in the majority and Hugo Gallet (32nd) in the meantime equalized for the Russia-Nachrücker France, for whom it was the second defeat. For Germany, after two game -free days on Thursday against Denmark (3:20 p.m.).
"You can't make a mistake, the French have to be beaten," Captain Moritz Müller warned before the game, and emphasized: "The three points against Slovakia are only worth something if we get something against France."
Deb-Team: Söderholm grants Goalie Grubauer a break
Söderholm granted his regular goalie Philipp Grubauer a first breath after his outstanding performance against Slovakia. For this, the Berlin master goalkeeper Mathias Niederberger, who did not get his safest day, stood between the posts.
Niederberger had not even intervened when the Düsseldorf fish book hit ice cold with the first shot after 124 seconds in the first overnight situation. A few moments later, Stefan Loibl failed in the counterattack to France goalie Sebastian Ylonen (4th).
Tim Stützle has to be injured
A double neck strike followed: Supporting hobbled against his knee directly from the ice after a check against his knee and did not come back. In addition, on the way there he picked up a completely unnecessary punishment for sticking - the punished Texier immediately with a tight shot in the resulting power play.
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The DEB selection was initially unimpressed: EHL restored the lead with the first World Cup goal of his career and thus rewarded the fourth rows of storms, which were previously refreshing and carefree in all three games. Germany dominated the events in the first half of the second third, but completely lost the thread until the third break. Then Pföderl made relief in the final section with his second tournament goal.