First a 9:4 victory against Italy, then a sovereign 5:1 against the expected Norwegian on equal terms – the German team is doing well at the Ice Hockey World Cup in Riga. (Everything you need to know about the 2021 World Cup)
Two games, six points and 14:5 goals: The DEB team presents itself to national coach Tony Soderholm as a cohesive unit that functions both athletically and humanely – possibly also due to an effective block formation.
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Three offensive players Marcel Knoebbels, Lukas Reichl and young Leo Födrel of Eisberen Berlin have already proved their excellent teamwork on a regular basis. But a Bavarian trio who have known each other since childhood is also a factor.
Landshut Trio with Kuhnhackel, Rieder and Cramero
We’re talking about Tobias Rieder, Tom Kuhnhackel and Nico Kramer, all three born in the Lower Bavarian ice hockey stronghold Landshut – and on the ice together in the German Youth League (DNL) several years ago.
“I think it was ten years ago when we last played together when we were little,” recalls Kuhnhakli. game1.
NHL striker Rieder, who has 492 NHL games under his belt in Arizona, Los Angeles, Edmonton, Calgary and Buffalo, also noted that the three had previously made a series, “we were ten or eleven years old”. .
Meanwhile, the 28-year-old rider finished with the Buffalo Sabers, his co-worker Kramer – the nephew of eternal German master King Grade Truntska – with Adler Mannheim and one-year-old Kuhnhuckl with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. AHL.
The joy about Landshut’s reunion at the World Cup is great: “It’s definitely excellent,” said the 28-year-old, who last worked for the Buffalo Sabers.
All three Evies are descendants of Landshut and took their first steps in professional sport there. At the World Cup in Latvia they build up a storm under the Soderholm – Landshut series, so to speak.
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Kuhnhackel – son of legend Eich Kuhnhackel, 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins – announced game1: “Of course it’s always nice when you can play in a row with Landschutern. We’ve already found a chemistry in the training units.”
The task is clear: Kuhnhackl, Rieder and mainly play against the best formation of the opponent in the form of “Shutdown Series”.
Germany’s challenge against Canada
In the next rivalry, the German team will face a real heavyweight. The third group game is against Canada, which is actually a top favorite, but the youth team of homeland ice hockey, which competes without their big NHL stars, made a huge false start. (World Cup 2021 in Riga, Group B: Germany – Canada, Mon., LIVE from 7.15 PM game1 on free TV and live streams)
At the start of the World Cup, the Canadians lost a surprise 2–0 draw to hosts Latvia. 1:5 against arch-rivals USA on Sunday evening.
The DEB team has to focus on itself anyway. There are still some adjustment screws that can be turned. “We still have to make some improvements in our area and we still have to work on our weak game. But if the tournament continues like this, it will get better and better,” Kuhnhackel said.
For the Landshut trio, the 29-year-old was optimistic. In training before the Canadian hit, the teamwork was already good: “I think it can only get better as the tournament goes on.”
Against Canada now all three have a chance to prove it.
with game information service