The German national ice hockey team suffered two setbacks at the World Cup. The vice world champion lost his second group game in Ostrava, Czech Republic against co-favorites USA 1:6 (0:2, 1:2, 0:2). Even worse than the first tournament defeat is a possible loss of NHL professional Nico Sturm. The San José Sharks striker was missing.

“We’ll get it done again. It’s a long tournament,” said national coach Harold Kreis about Sturm’s injury. In addition to Sturm, Maksymilian Szuber and Fabio Wagner were also unavailable to the coach the day after the spectacular 6-4 win against Slovakia. It is not known whether and for how long the trio will be out.

Lukas Reichel was also not used yet. The 21-year-old NHL striker from the Chicago Blackhawks only joined the team on Friday evening and is expected to be on the ice for the first time on Monday against Sweden for the German Ice Hockey Association’s selection.

“It wasn’t our best day”

Then the German team will need an improvement. “The boys tried hard, but today wasn’t our best day,” said the national coach after the rebuff against the USA at ProSieben. “The result is a bit too high. We made it too easy for the Americans, we have to look at that,” said captain Moritz Müller.

Kreis voluntarily gave up keeper Philipp Grubauer from the Seattle Kraken after the opening game. However, the DEB selection has a good replacement in Mathias Niederberger. The goalie from EHC Red Bull Munich was challenged several times by the Americans right from the start. However, Germany missed their first big chance to take the lead: a shot from Wojciech Stachowiak hit the post (8th).

The Americans, who had 19 NHL players, were not unsettled by the good German phase. Brady Tkachuk from the Ottawa Senators deflected a shot from Michael Kesselring unstoppable for Niederberger to make it 0-1 (13th).

Powerless against the individual class of the USA

The German goalkeeper was there again and again afterwards, but the 31-year-old was powerless against the individual class of the US boys. With a fine individual performance, Kesselring from the Arizona Coyotes increased the score for the star ensemble (18th). Coach John Hynes’ team disappointed at the start of the World Cup with a 5-2 defeat against Sweden.

As in the first round, the DEB selection failed to take advantage of the available opportunities. US defender Alex Vlasic saved on the line after several German attempts, and Berlin’s Jonas Müller’s follow-up shot hit the crossbar (24th). Yasin Ehliz failed a little later due to Trey Augustine. The 19-year-old from Michigan State University came to the US team for the ailing Lyon.

After Johnny Gaudreau’s 3-0 lead, everything looked like a clear American success (33′). But Ehliz was able to reduce the deficit just two minutes later with his first goal of the tournament. “Here we go,” sang around 3,000 German fans in Ostrava. Three seconds before the end of the second period, however, the Americans scored again: Luke Hughes made it 1:4.

In the final section the German team had nothing to add. The US boys played their class, Trevor Zeagras (51st) and Michael Eyssimont (53rd) ensured the final score.