Germany Hoist Cup
Olympic Ice Stadium, Munich – Three up, three down. It was as simple as that.
The German National Hockey team swept through their opponents at the Deutschland Cup 2012, riding solid goaltending, effective penalty killing, and timely offense to win the cup for the fifth time, their first since 2010.
After beating Olympic gold medal winner Canada in the opening game 3-2 on Friday, Pat Cortina’s men – specifically the goaltenders Dennis Endras and Dimitrij Kotschnew – shut down Switzerland on Saturday and Slovakia on Sunday, each 2-0.
In Sunday’s ‘final’, last year’s cup winner Slovakia had to beat Germany by at least two goals. But as time wore on and chances started diminishing, it was clear this year would belong to the hosts.
The first two periods were marred with sloppy skating and silly penalties. Germany had to kill off two penalties in the first, Slovakia equaled that, stopping two power plays themselves.
Finally, nine and a half minutes into the third, winger Alexander Barta skated towards goal and beat Jaroslav Janus to break the scoreless deadlock. Less than a minute later, teammate Garret Festerling clinched the game and the cup. And a joyous debut for Cortina as the new national coach.
Kotschnew stopped 19 shots to earn Germany’s player of the game honor, while forward Marcel Hascak was voted Slovakia’s best.
The most valuable players for Cortina had to be his stable of goaltenders. Over the weekend, Rob Zepp, Endras and Kotschnew saved 68 of 70 shots – an amazing 97.1% percentage. And they only allowed one power play goal, a late score by Canada that only made the game close at the end but a win was already in hand.
Editor’s Note: Enjoy more pictures from Germany vs. Team Canada on our Facebook page, Sport Eagle TV.
The players now return back to league play, and Cortina back to coaching EHC Red Bull München. But preparations will continue for the qualification tournament for the Winter Games 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Like the Deutschland Cup, the German national team will again enjoy home ice advantage. The games will be played in Bietigheim-Bissingen, just outside of Stuttgart, from February 7-10, 2013.
Austria, Italy and a qualifier will battle it out with Germany for the right to win a medal and possible unseed current gold medal winners Canada.
Sport Eagle TV Postgame Deutschland Cup 2012 – Germany vs. Slovakia
Head coach Pat Cortina, captain Michael Wolf, and defenseman Felix Petermann of Germany and Juraj Mikus of Slovakia spoke to Sport Eagle about the game.
Deutschland Cup 2012 – Results
Friday November 9th
Switzerland 3, Slovakia 2, Final
Germany 3, Canada 2, Final
Saturday November 10th
Germany 2, Switzerland 0, Final
Slovakia 5, Canada 2, Final
Sunday November 11th
Switzerland 6, Canada 1, Final
Germany 2, Slovakia 0, Final
Deutschland Cup 2012 – Final Standings
1. Germany 3-0-0
2. Switzerland 2-1-0, +4 goal differential (GDF)
3. Slovakia 2-1-0, 0 GDF
4. Canada 0-0-3