The start of the Helsinki World Cup Group A match between Germany and Denmark had to be postponed. It started burning in the hallway. Fans and players of both teams had to leave the arena, and around 15 fire engines arrived at the scene. The opening bulls were due to kick off at 3:20 p.m. CEST, but the match didn’t start until an hour and a half later. The Germans then won 1:0.
The firefighters managed to put out the fire fairly quickly and, instead of setting it on fire, it was brought under control. According to witnesses, smoke could be smelled in front of the room.
A fire at the ice level of the Helsinki Ice Hall before the Germany v Denmark game forced everyone out of the arena. The match was scheduled to start at 4:20 p.m. local time. #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/dAn33jxpFi
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“There was a small fire in the Helsinki ice rink. The arena was completely evacuated and an emergency service was called. The fire is now completely extinguished and everyone is fine, no one has been injured. We are assessing the whole situation,” organizers said. .
The players quickly left the arena in full gear, and some even with skates on their feet. Around 3:35 p.m., they were allowed to return to the bowels of the hall and were able to begin to warm up.
According to the International Hockey Federation (IIHF), the new start of the duel was at 4:15 p.m., but it was postponed several times. The Danes were only allowed to return to the changing rooms later, moreover, it was not possible to ventilate the premises so that the health of the match participants was not endangered. Therefore, the game did not start until 5:00 p.m.
The duel ended with a single goal in 32:41 Marc Michaelis. Goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer scored his first clean sheet in the league with 18 successful interventions.
The group’s second game was also played more than an hour late. Canadian hockey players won 6-3 against Kazakhstan, scored all the points in their fourth game of the tournament and climbed to the top of Group A one score ahead of Switzerland. Dylan Cozens shone with a hat-trick and defender Damon Severson also scored three points for a goal and two assists.
Hockey World Championship:
Group A (Helsinki):
Germany – Denmark 1:0 (0:0, 1:0, 0:0)
Goal and records: 33. Michaelis (Noebels, Fischbuch). Judges: Heikkinen (FIN), Stano (SR) – Davis (USA), Sormunen (FIN). Elimination: 2:3. Use: 1:0. Participation: 2570.
Germany: Grubauer – Seider, M. Müller, Holzer, J. Müller, Wissmann, Wagner, Bittner – Michaelis, Ehliz, Plachta – Noebels, Pföderl, Fischbuch – Karachun, Schmölz, Loibl – Ehl, Soramies, Kastner. Coach: Toni Soderholm.
Denmark: Dahm – Lassen, M. Lauridsen, J. Jensen Aabo, Kristensen, Larsen, N. Jensen, M. Jensen – N. Ehlers, F. Nielsen, Blichfeld – Scheel, Regin, Storm – P. Bjorkstrand, Bau Hansen, Meyer-Aagaard, Jakobsen, Poulsen-Asperup. Trainer: Heinz Ehlers.
Canada – Kazakhstan 6:3 (3:2, 1:0, 2:1)
Goals and Records: 4. Cozens (Graves, N. Roy), 15. Batherson (K. Johnson, Graves), 18. Lowry (K. Johnson, J. Anderson), 33. Severson (Gregor), 52. Cozens ( Batherson, Severson), 60. Cozens (Dubois, Severson) – 3. Petuchov (Gurkov, Asetov), 13. Šestakov (Akolzin, Panjukov), 48. Savickij (Michajlis, Orechov). Judges: Judges: Rukucki (USA), Rohatsch (DEU) – Constantineau (Fr.), Nittylä (FIN). Shut-out: 7:7. Use: 3:1. Stake: 2,299.
Canada: Thompson – Whitecloud, Chabot, Severson, Sanheim, Holden, Graves, Mayo – N. Roy, Dubois, Cozens – J. Anderson, Lowry, Sillinger – Batherson, Barzal, K. Johnson – Comtois, Mercer, Geekie – Gregor. Trainer: Claude Julien.
Kazakhstan: Shutov – Svedberg, Shalapov, Blacker, Orekhov, Beketaev, Metalnikov, Samat Danijar – Akolzin, Sagadyev, Shevchenko – N. Mikhailovis, Valk, Savicki – Panjukov, Starchenko, Shestakov – Petuchov, Gurkov, Rachmanov – Asetov. Coach: Yuri Michajlis.
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