Helsinki (AP) – German hockey federation calculates after NHL striker Timo Stützle injured at World Cup Finland on Tuesday with a diagnosis.
The Ottawa Senators struck 3: 2 France the first third was wounded in a collision with the road and could no longer climb on the ice. “Of course it’s not good,” said Captain Moritz Müller in Helsinki late Monday night: “Timmy is one of our best players. Of course, that would disappoint us. We hope he recovers soon. “
It was initially unclear whether Stützle could take part in the fourth of the seven preparatory round matches with Denmark on Thursday (4:20 p.m. / Sport1 and MagentaSport). “Of course it’s frustrating when you lose a player so early. We’re waiting for an important match now. Let’s hope all goes well,” national team coach Toni Söderholm said.
Fine for support
Stützle was seen in high hopes of attacks at the World Cup, where the German team managed to win a second victory on Monday despite an early failure. “I hope Timmy will be back for the next match. But we’re a good unit. Especially at these moments, everyone has to win a few more percent,” striker Marcel Noebels said.
However, Stützle had also received a completely unnecessary penalty time when he looked at the locker room with a stick on the way. In a situation where there was an advantage, the Germans started the equalizer with NHL striker Alexandre Texier (15) after a quick Daniel Fischbuch (3 min) 1: 0.
“Timmy is at an age when you still have a lot to learn,” Noebels said. Even after Alexander Ehl (18) took the lead again, the French returned through Hugo Gallet (32). In the final third, Leo Pföderl of the champion Eisbären Berlin (46th) scored a winning goal and secured three important points for the expected advance to the quarterfinals.
Söderholm day off
On Tuesday, Söderholm gives their country players one day off. “We will be completely free tomorrow,” the 44-year-old Finn declared. “The guys were planning something together. Then we’ll be back to training tomorrow.”
Until then, it should also be clear whether North American professionals Leon Gawanke and Luke Reichel will travel to Finland. Both with their team were eliminated in the playoffs of the second North American Professional League AHL. “The last meetings are waiting for them today or tomorrow, and then we will talk about how quickly we can reach them,” Söderholm continued. “I would be really happy. It would give us more depth,” Noebels said of the possible reinforcement.
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