Thanks to the help of the rifle, the German ice hockey team needed a draw in regular playing time in the decisive preliminary round match against Latvia to make it to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
After Canada’s 2:3 (1:0, 1:1, 0:1) against Finland after a penalty shootout, national coach Tony Soderholm played this Tuesday evening (7:15 pm/game 1) in Riga against hosts Latvia. Needs selection of one point.
This means Germany could suffer a narrow defeat after extra time or in a penalty shoot-out.
The constellation stems from the fact that 26-time world champion Canada got one point against the Finns and finished the preliminary round with ten points.
In the event of a loss against the Latvians in extra time or in a penalty shootout, Germany would receive the same number of points as the Canadians and the Kazakhs, but overall better than the three teams in a straight line.
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The Canadians advanced to the preliminary round thanks to goals from Brandon Pirie (2nd minute) and Maxim Komtois (29th), before Arttu Rutslain equalized with his second goal of the game four minutes before the end. Earlier, the NHL striker hit the Buffalo Sabers in the 22nd minute.
After a historically weak start to the World Cup, the Canadians will have to look ahead to their quarter-finals till evening games.