German ice hockey hopes melt in face of red-hot Swedes

German ice hockey hopes melted on Wednesday night as the national team were thoroughly beaten 2:5 by giants Sweden, ending the Teutonic world championship campaign in the quarter final.

German ice hockey hopes melt in face of red-hot Swedes
Photo: DPA

“We nonetheless played a good tournament,” said trainer Uwe Krupp after the game in Bratislava.

Alexander Barta scored in the third minute, raising hopes that Germany could hold their own against the Swedes and even possibly get through to the semi finals.

Michael Wolf also scored in the 39th minute, but this was not enough against the eight-times world champions who had already racked up a fistful of goals.

“Of course we are disappointed but in total one can be proud,” said Krupp.

Sweden’s Martin Thörnberg had scored in the first minute, and managed it again in the 49th, while Patrick Berglund hit home in the 16th minute, Niklas Persson followed suit in the 25th minute and Loui Eriksson scored in the 29th minute.

By the second third of the match it was pretty clear the Germans were not going to make it, although this was partly due to bad luck. The first goal – after just 27 seconds – came off a fumbled defence of Thörnberg’s shot by Robert Dietrich.

Barta managed to equalise nice and quickly, but by the time the first third was over, the Swedes had already regained the upper hand.

“We had good changes in the first third,” said German goalkeeper Dennis Endras. “But just like in the last three or four games, the 1:0 from Sweden was pretty unlucky but of course that affected the team. Despite this we can be proud.”

Last year Germany managed to push through to the semi final, and the team’s performance in the early stages of the championship this year had led to talk that they might make it to the final.

Instead, the team will now have to concentrate on a couple of important personnel questions – they need a new trainer as Krupp is going to the Cologne Sharks, while sports director Franz Reindl is retiring this summer.


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German firefighters arrive in Sweden to fight scathing flames

Help from Germany has arrived in Sweden in order to fight an outbreak of forest fires described as the most serious in modern times.

German firefighters arrive in Sweden to fight scathing flames
Firefighters on Sunday were battling around 50 wildfires. Photo: DPA

A total of 52 firefighters from the Nienburg district of Lower Saxony arrived on Sunday in nine fire trucks, said the state’s lower ministry.

“Their location is Älvdalen which lies in the most affected region Dalarna,” they said, referring to the area in central Sweden.

Firefighters on Sunday were battling around 50 wildfires after an unprecedented drought in the region and historically high July temperatures, which are hotter than they have been in at least 260 years.

Sweden had asked the German government for help in order to get a grip on the devastating fires.

“The idea of ​​European solidarity is of particular importance to us. And of course we offer help and support wherever we can,” said Lower Saxony's Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD).

Hartmut Ziebs, president of the German fire service (DFV) posted a photo of the newly arrived trucks on Facebook, saying that after a short break following the journey to Sweden, that the firefighters would get to work on Monday.

Fire trucks are in particularly high demand in Sweden, as they can carry larger amounts of water. The firefighters from Lower Saxony were initially requested for a week for use in Sweden.

Firefighters from the Hanover region and Bavaria are also available as a reserve and could be sent to Sweden if necessary.