The DEB team only had difficultly passed the World Cup general rehearsal. After the 3-1 win against Austria, national coach Toni Söderholm looks very confident towards the World Cup start in his homeland Finland.
Toni Söderholm quickly picked up the preparation phase. After the difficult World Cup general rehearsal in Schwenningen against Austria
the ice hockey coach only briefly went into the analysis and looked directly at the World Cup in his home country of Finland. “We have some construction sites in terms of playful. But I’m confident,” said Söderholm: “You can tell that the team is growing. There is a mood in it, whereupon you can build a lot. If the day comes when it counts, Then a lot will come together. “
It will count for the Finns and his team on Friday: The opening opponent is none other than record world champion Canada (7.20 p.m./Sport1 and Magenta Sport). Therefore, it is important to “do a good start to the tournament. The first game is decisive for the group phase,” said NHL defender Moritz Seider and has already given a first warning shot to the competition: “Once we get into the rhythm, then we are difficult to stop. We have to take momentum with us and then a lot is possible. “
Finding this rhythm is the big challenge in the coming days. Because in the seventh and last tough test, the DEB team could be seen that it had only worked for almost two and a half days in the constellation with eleven added players. Despite everything, “there was a lot of positive things,” said Seider, “we can still improve some things. In the end, it was quite solid for the team that was pretty well thrown out.”
The Schwenninger Alexander Karachun (40th), Stefan Loibl (56.) and Dominik Bittner (58./EMPTY NET), who were all nominated for the World Cup on Monday, met in the sold-out Helios Arena for the DEB selection. Brian Lebler (29th) had put Austria in the lead.
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On Sunday, the power play, which can and should make the difference at the World Cup, had improvement potential. “We want to be a decisive factor in the coming games. We have a lot of talent in both power play series,” said Seider, who, alongside goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer and Tim Stützle, is one of three NHL legionnaires in the squad: “Our overpayment game was On the right path, but not quite there yet. “
This construction site was not continued on Monday. Söderholm gave his team without training before the plane of Helsinki starts on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Stuttgart – with seven players from Meister Eisbären Berlin and Viziechampion Red Bull Munich, who had only ended their final series on Wednesday. The former NHL striker Dominik Kahun must fit due to injury. “He tried everything, trained hard. The decision was very difficult for him,” said Söderholm.
The national coach keeps further options open. “There is the possibility that you are still waiting for players. We are interested in all German players who are still playing,” said the 44-year-old, who called Leon Gawanke from the AHL team Manitoba Moose as possible candidate.
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The team has to “build their own story up to the World Cup,” said Söderholm: “And that is slowly building up.”