120th World Cup appearance: Switzerland celebrates twice – victories over Anbuhl and Canada

120th World Cup appearance: Switzerland celebrates twice – victories over Anbuhl and Canada

With a surprise win against record world champion Canada at the Ice Hockey World Championships, Switzerland has moved up to the top of the German preliminary round group A – and may be celebrating one of its players in particular.

He already has 120 World Cup games under his belt: Swiss international Andres Anbuhl (38).
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At the Ice Hockey World Championships on Saturday, where the German selection is already in the quarter-finals, the Swiss team, which was strong this year, also won its fifth group game against Canada in a highly rated game 6:3 (3:3). 3, 1:0, 2:0).

It was Canada’s first defeat in the fifth game. Both the teams have already qualified for the quarter finals.

In the final games, all three nations still have a chance to win the group and thus secure the best starting position for the knockout stages.

Ambuhal is the new record player

The Swiss were not only pleased with the success of the Canadians. There was also something else to celebrate: Andres Ambuhl turned German record international Udo Kiesling. Anbuhal played his 120th World Cup match on Saturday. For the 38-year-old, it is his 17th appearance in the 85th title clash in Helsinki and Tampere. He was also on the ice five times at the Olympic Winter Games for the Swiss.

Udo Kiesling (right, here with Marco Sturm)

Record German national player: Udo Kiesling (right, here with Marco Sturm).
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In 1976, Olympic bronze medalist Kiesling played 119 games in a total of 13 world championships and skated in 320 games for Germany. Kiesling, who turned 68 on Saturday, ended his career with Cologne EC in 1996 after more than 1,000 league games and six German championships. Kiesling, who was the first German player to play in the NHL in the 1981/1982 season, played his last World Cup game in 1991 in Finland.

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Sweden misses out, Finland is celebrating

Meanwhile Sweden missed out on qualifying for the quarter-finals in Finland. The eleven-time world champion Tampere lost to the USA in Group B in 2:3 (1:1, 0:1, 1:0, 0:1) after extra time. After the first loss in the fifth game, Trey Kroner is in second place with twelve points ahead of third in the World Cup (10 points).

Olympic champions Finland, who were the first team to secure their place in the quarter-finals on Friday with a 6-0 win against relegation candidate Great Britain, also won 3-0 (1-0, 1-0) in Tampere. ) celebrated with. 1–0) victory against the Austrians, who were in danger of a fifth victory.

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